Links 18/6/2021: Mir 2.4, ActivityWatch 0.11, Microsoft Breaks Its Own Repos

Posted in News Roundup at 11:30 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

    • Kernel Space

      • Intel i915g Mesa Driver Now Goes Goes Through NIR, Fixes Some Past Test Failures – Phoronix

        While this week’s landing of the Crocus Gallium3D driver for Intel Gen4 through Gen7 graphics (i965 through Haswell) in Mesa is exciting for Linux users that are still running aging Intel systems, going back even further has been the i915g Gallium3D driver and there this week there happens to be a big improvement too.

        Emma Anholt’s work on switching i915g to the NIR-to-TGSI path has been merged. Rather than the i915g going GLSL-to-TGSI as has long been the case, it’s now employing the GLSL-to-NIR and NIR-to-TGSI route. In turn, i915g can leverage the common NIR optimizations utilized by other drivers and NIR just being the more modern and popular intermediate representation used by today’s Mesa drivers. The Gallium3D TGSI IR is ultimately still used by the i915g driver for now rather than native NIR.

      • Upcoming online training courses in 2021

        Throughout this first half of 2021, our online training courses available for individual registration have been very popular.


        These courses are delivered entirely online: you don’t need any hardware to participate, as the hands-on labs are replaced by live demonstrations made by the trainer. All you need is a web browser, a good Internet connection and an audio headset!

      • New Linux Patch To Allow Booting From Arbitrary Non-Block Device File-Systems – Phoronix

        The Linux kernel currently has code to allow booting an initial root file-system via NFS or CIFS for non-blockdevice file-systems while a new patch aims to allow for mounting of arbitrary non-block device file-systems as root.

        Longtime kernel developer Christoph Hellwig sent out this new patch based on earlier work by Red Hat’s Vivek Goyal. Extending the CIFS and NFS root file-system support right now in the kernel, this extension allows for arbitrary non-block device file-systems to be used for the root file-system.

      • Adreno 660 GPU Support Landing For Linux 5.14 – Phoronix

        The MSM DRM driver changes have been submitted to DRM-Next ahead of the Linux 5.14 cycle for improving this open-source Qualcomm Adreno kernel graphics/display driver.

        Most notable with the MSM driver updates for Linux 5.14 is now having the Adreno 660 graphics support for that updated GPU found with the Snapdragon 888 SoC. The Adreno 660 support in MSM builds off the existing Adreno 650 series support.

      • Linux 5.12.12

        I’m announcing the release of the 5.12.12 kernel.

        All users of the 5.12 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.12.y git tree can be found at:
        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.12.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:



        greg k-h

      • Linux 5.10.45

        I’m announcing the release of the 5.10.45 kernel.

        All users of the 5.10 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.10.y git tree can be found at:
        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.10.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:



        greg k-h

      • Linux 5.4.127

        I’m announcing the release of the 5.4.127 kernel.

        All users of the 5.4 kernel series must upgrade.

        The updated 5.4.y git tree can be found at:
        git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-5.4.y
        and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser:



        greg k-h

      • Graphics Stack

        • Mir 2.4, enhancing digital signage and smart screen development

          Another cycle brings another release of Mir, with new features and new innovative use cases. For those of you new to Mir, our flexible display server provides a set of libraries and Wayland compositor for building Wayland-based shells with integrated window management. It is widely used in different IoT applications, including digital signage solutions and desktops shells. And today, Canonical is launching Mir 2.4, a new version of Mir that improves Mir interfaces for graphics platforms to make them more suitable for use on hybrid systems.

    • Benchmarks

      • GravityMark OpenGL/Vulkan Performance For NVIDIA RTX 30 vs. AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series

        A few days ago I wrote about GravityMark as a new cross-API GPU benchmark from a former Unigine developer. Being curious about the Linux GPU driver performance for this benchmark that is focused on delivering maximum GPU acceleration support, I ran some benchmarks on the latest NVIDIA GeForce and AMD Radeon graphics cards with this benchmark for OpenGL and Vulkan.

    • Applications

      • 5 Best htop alternatives to monitor Linux systems

        Htop is a process manager that allows us to see the processes in execution and the usage of system resources using the Linux terminal. With its text-based interface that supports the mouse, we can easily operate it and perform various functions such as it is very easy to kill any process on htop. In short, it has all functions we required to monitor and manage system processes using the command terminal. Further, easy to understand due to the simple fields of CPU, Mem, PID, and Command when opening htop.

        At the top of htop, the usage rate of each CPU will be listed. It is worth noting that the number of logical cores of the CPU is displayed there. However, htop is no the only way on Linux to monitor process and hardware resources there are other good options as well. Thus, that’s why we decided to come with some good htop alternative tools in this list.

      • Time Tracker ActivityWatch v0.11 Released with UI Improvements and New Features

        ActivityWatch is a cross-platform open-source and privacy-respecting time monitoring application.

        It informs you of the activities you have been doing on your devices.

        With its latest 0.11 release, ActivityWatch has made progress on the user experience along with several technical improvements.

        Let’s dive right into the features this version has to offer.

      • 7 Free And Open Source Download Managers For Windows And Linux

        Download Managers are one of the great ways to boost and manage your downloads from the internet. However, settling on one best download manager could be challenging as there are tons of them out there. Hence, let’s look at some of the best, free, and open-source download managers for Windows and Linux.

        IDM (Internet Download Manager) is considered one of the most popular download managers, but it’s paid and isn’t available for Linux. You can also take the Download Managers in this list as IDM alternatives. Mind you, the order in which the apps are listed has nothing to do with how good an app is. If you are also looking for the best DMs for Android, check out our best download managers for Android list.


        The UI is simple, clean, and highly customizable. One of the app’s differentiating features is that it acts as a front-end for one of the popular command-line software Youtube-dl. Downloading videos from YouTube was a breeze, but it also works for DailyMotion and Vimeo. These features, combined with the download speed and open-source nature, make it one of the best IDM alternatives and best download managers.

        To install the Persepolis download manager, head over to the official website to install instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

        2. Motrix

        Another completely free software that works like a charm. Motrix is an open-source download manager that looks great UI-wise and also offers great features. We tested it out and found that it takes time to initialize the download, but once it starts downloading, the speed is better than a browser.

      • Fotoxx – Photo Editor & Large Collection Manager while Super Fast

        Looking for a lightweight photo editor and management app for Linux? Try Fotoxx, a free and open-source software which is super fast.

        Fotoxx is a GTK application to organize and manage a large image collection, edit and optimize photos, and perform batch operations.

        Unlike other image editor, Fotoxx has app menus in the left pane with ability to toggle file view, and edit photos. While providing many functions to meet the needs of serious photographers, it remains fast and easy to use.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Playbooks, host vars, group vars

        This is part of a series of posts on ideas for an ansible-like provisioning system, implemented in Transilience.

      • Systemd Timers for Scheduling Tasks – Fedora Magazine

        Cron can schedule a task to be run at a granularity ranging from minutes to months or more. It is relatively simple to set up, requiring a single configuration file. Although the configuration line is somewhat esoteric. It can also be used by general users.

        Cron, however, fails if your system happens to not be running when the appropriate execution time occurs.

        Anacron, overcomes the “system not running” issue. It insures that the task will be executed when your system is again active. While it was intended to be used by administrators, some systems give general users access.

        However, the anacron frequency of execution can be no less than daily.

        Both cron and anacron have issues with consistency in execution context. Care must be taken that the environment in effect when the task runs is exactly that used when testing. The same shell, environment variables and paths must be provided. This means that testing and debugging can sometimes be difficult.

        Systemd timers offer the best of both cron and anacron. Allows scheduling down to minute granularity. Assures that the task will be executed when the system is again running even if it was off during the expected execution time. Is available to all users. You can test and debug the execution in the environment it will run in.

        However, the configuration is more involved, requiring at least two configuration files.

        If your cron and anacron configuration is serving you well then there may not be a reason to change. But systemd is at least worth investigating since it may simplify any current cron /anacron work-arounds.

      • How to play Just Cause 3 on Linux

        Just Cause 3 is a 2015 action-adventure game developed by Avalance Studios and published by Square Enix. In this game, the player controls Rico Rodriguez as he returns to his homeland of Medici. Here’s how to play it on Linux.

      • How to Install Windows After Ubuntu Linux in Dual Boot

        When it comes to dual boot, the general idea is that you have a system preinstalled with Windows and then you install Linux alongside Windows. On the boot, you select whether you want to use Windows or Linux.

        How about the opposite situation? What if you have a system that has only Linux installed on it and you want to install Windows alongside Linux in dual boot mode?

        In this tutorial, I’ll show you exactly how you can install Windows after Ubuntu Linux in dual boot.

      • How to Install The Latest Sigil EPUB Ebook Editor 6.0 in Ubuntu 20.04, 21.04 | UbuntuHandbook

        For those sticking to the latest Sigil ebook editor, here’s Ubuntu PPA maintains the 6.0 release packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Linux Mint 19 & 20.

        Sigil is a free and open-source ebook editor designed to edit books in ePub format (both ePub 2 and ePub 3). The software offers official binary packages only for Windows and Mac OS.

        The editor in Ubuntu repositories is always old. And no Flatpak or Snap package for Sigil. So far, using a third-party PPA is the only way besides compiling from the source tarball.

      • MySQL Security Tips » ADMIN Magazine

        MySQL security configurations include a range of topics, along with their possible effects on MySQL servers and corresponding applications. In this article, I look at MySQL security encryption services, account-associated authorization systems, and other required security precautions to ensure protection against misuse and attacks. This security guide will help you protect sensitive data, even if the MySQL service is compromised at some point.

        Most of the advanced MySQL security configurations require changes to the server’s main configuration file my.cnf. This file is generally located inside the /etc/mysql directory or in the /opt/lampp/etc/ folder for LAMPP installations. However, you can locate the file with the find or locate command in Linux.

      • How to install Redmine Project Management Software on Ubuntu 20.04

        Redmine is a free and open-source project management application written in Ruby. It provides a web-based interface that allows you to manage your project from the web browser. It is a cross-platform, and cross-database application that provides free and paid tools, and supports for wikis, forums, calendars, etc.

      • How to Install Centrifugo Messaging Server on Ubuntu 20.04

        Centrifugo is a free, open-source, and real-time messaging server. It supports WebSocket and SockJS to make a connection from the application clients through the web browser. It is fast and able to handle millions of simultaneous connections. It can easily integrate your existing application. It is language-agnostic and its API can be used from any programming language.

        In this guide, we will show you how to install Centrifugo on Ubuntu 20.04 server.

      • How to Check a TLS/SSL Certificate Expiration Date on Ubuntu

        The purpose of using TLS/SSL certificates on web servers is to encrypt the connection between the web browser and server. However, these certificates are not valid for a whole life rather they also have a finite expiration date after which the web browser will show an error message when connecting to the website. Today, I will show you how you can check the TLS/SSL certificate expiration date of an SSL certificate of a website using OpenSSL on Ubuntu 20.04.

      • Perform a kaniko build on a Red Hat OpenShift cluster and push the image to a registry | Red Hat Developer

        Typically, building containers and images from a standard Dockerfile requires root access and permissions. This can create a challenge when working with public or shared clusters. For example, cluster admins don’t often allow permissions to run this type of workload, as it might compromise the security of the entire cluster.

        In these situations, many developers use a build tool such as kaniko to simplify the effort. Kaniko can build your images without requiring root access. This capability makes kaniko a feasible alternative for building containers and images in any kind of environment; for example, standard Kubernetes clusters, Google Kubernetes Engine, and public or shared clusters. Kaniko can also automatically push your images to a specified image registry.

        This article shows you how to use kaniko to build a container image in a Red Hat OpenShift cluster and push the image to a registry.

      • Use this nostalgic text editor on FreeDOS

        In the very early days of DOS, the standard editor was a no-frills line editor called Edlin. Tim Paterson wrote the original Edlin for the first version of DOS, then called 86-DOS and later branded PC-DOS and MS-DOS. Paterson has commented that he meant to replace Edlin eventually, but it wasn’t until ten years later that MS-DOS 5 (1991) replaced Edlin with Edit, a full-screen editor.

        You may know that FreeDOS is an open source DOS-compatible operating system that you can use to play classic DOS games, run legacy business software, or develop embedded systems. FreeDOS has very good compatibility with MS-DOS, and the “Base” package group includes those utilities and programs that replicate the behavior of MS-DOS. One of those classic programs is an open source implementation of the venerable Edlin editor; Edlin is distributed under the GNU General Public License version 2.

      • Linux Release Roundup #21.25: ActivityWatch 0.11, elementaryOS 6 Beta 2, and More New Releases – It’s FOSS News

        ActivityWatch is a unique time tracker available for Linux and other platforms. The latest release improves the user interface with more features.

        You can read more about it in our original coverage.

      • How to Clear Apt Cache

        When you install packages in Debian/Ubuntu using the apt-get command, a copy of the .deb file is locally stored. This helps in case you need to reinstall them after removal, then packages can be accessed locally (in another way called cache). Each time when you reinstall, the system doesn’t need to go through the network.

        Downloaded package are locally cached in /var/cache/apt/archives/. Each time when you run apt-get update and apt-get install command, the apt cache is updated.

        In this tutorial we learn how to clear apt cache on Debian and Ubuntu systems.

      • foursixnine’s lair – How to test things with openQA without running your own instance

        Yes, there are couple of ways for you, the user, the contributor, the amazing human being who wants to improve the software that is used by millions, to write automated tests and have bots doing all the work for you, once you’ve signed a binding contract with the blood of an unicorn, and have obtained api keys for our public https://openqa.opensuse.org instance.

        For now I will leave out the details on how to get those, but will rather point you to the #factory irc channel (or dischord), where you can get in touch with current admins, whom will be able to guide you better in the process.

      • How to Install Syncthing on Linux Mint 20 – LinuxBabe

        This tutorial will show you how to install Syncthing on Linux Mint 20. Syncthing is a free, peer-to-peer continuous file synchronization program that allows you to synchronize your files across multiple devices, available for Linux, BSD, macOS, Windows, Android, iOS and Solaris.

        It’s an open-source alternative to the popular Resilio Sync (formerly known as BitTorrent Sync) application. The creation, modification or deletion of files on one machine will automatically be replicated to your other devices. Syncthing does not upload your files to a central server like Nextcloud, but exchange your data directly between your devices. All your data is encrypted with TLS when transmitting between your devices.

      • How To Install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – idroot

        In this tutorial, we will show you how to install Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. For those of you who didn’t know, Inkscape is professional quality vector graphics software that runs on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows desktop computers. It offers a rich set of features and is widely used for both artistic and technical illustrations such as cartoons, clip art, logos, typography, diagramming, and flowcharting.

        This article assumes you have at least basic knowledge of Linux, know how to use the shell, and most importantly, you host your site on your own VPS. The installation is quite simple and assumes you are running in the root account, if not you may need to add ‘sudo‘ to the commands to get root privileges. I will show you the step-by-step installation of the Inkscape on Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal Fossa). You can follow the same instructions for Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04, and any other Debian-based distribution like Linux Mint.

      • How to Fix Scrolling Not Working Issue in Chrome – Make Tech Easier

        You’re using Chrome like any other day, but for some reason the scrolling is not working. The scrolling feature works fine on other browsers but not on Chrome. Since this is something that you continuously do to move around on a site, this is something that needs to be fixed ASAP.

        If you notice that this also happens on other browsers and programs, there is a good chance there is something wrong with your mouse. But, if this only happens on Chrome, the following tips should help you fix the issue.

    • Games

      • YoYo Games launches Fire Jump – a new game-making Drag and Drop tutorial for GameMaker Studio 2

        18 June 2021, Dundee, Scotland: YoYo Games today announced the launch of Fire Jump – a new game-making tutorial designed to introduce new users…

      • Learn how locks really work in Sophie’s Safecracking Simulator now on Steam | GamingOnLinux

        After appearing on itch.io, the very clever Sophie’s Safecracking Simulator is now available on Steam if that is your preferred way to grab Linux games. What is it? It teaches you how to crack simulated (obviously) locks by using real-world techniques. It’s a wonderful idea for a sort-of game.

      • Guilty Gear: Strive – Fighting at It’s Finest – Boiling Steam

        Mankind knew that they cannot change society.
        So instead of reflecting on themselves, they blamed the Beasts.

        These are the words you’ll hear upon starting a matchup in Guilty Gear: Strive. Next, you’ll see your character and your opponent walking close to each other, and once they stop walking, you’ll get a nice butt shot of your character, and you’ll hear the words “Heaven, or Hell.”

        Who are the Beasts exactly? Well, I frankly couldn’t tell you, because behind the Guilty Gear series is a ton of lore that I have yet to catch up on. I dabbled a little bit with Guilty Gear: Xrd, but otherwise I knew little to nothing about the Guilty Gear series prior to picking up this game. Regardless, Guilty Gear: Strive (I will try to refrain from using the acronym “GG”, as some might confuse it for “good game”) — it’s a game that I just can’t seem to give enough praise for. It’s not just the fighting mechanics — it’s the lighting, the artwork, the fluid animations, the stellar soundtrack, the rollback netcode, the deep, deep dive into the lore tour via the story mode, combined that makes this a gem worth paying the $60 asking price.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • GSoC’21 Week 1: The Beginning

          GCompris is a high quality educational software suite, including a large number of activities for children aged 2 to 10, some of the activities are game orientated, but nonetheless still educational.

          Currently GCompris offers more than 100 activities, and more are being developed. GCompris is free software, it means that you can adapt it to your own needs, improve it, and most importantly share it with children everywhere.

          The GCompris project is hosted and developed by the KDE community.

        • KDE neon now on Linux 5.8

          Here at KDE neon we pride ourselves on giving you the latest from KDE built pronto and QAed and shipped to you with no questions asked. We also base on the stable Ubuntu LTS 20.04 release giving a generally stable system. If you want an updated version of an app which isn’t from KDE we advise you to use a non-distro package from the Snap store, AppImage or Flatpak. But Linux has one property which is still inconvenient for the end user even the more nerdy of end users, which is that drivers are shipped with the Linux version you get and there’s no stable programmer interface for them so they can’t easily be shipped externally. That means if you use Linux 5.4 which is what comes with KDE neon and Ubuntu 20.04 you will get drivers which are a few years old, which is no good for those shiny new AMD Radeon graphics chips. So we’ve now switched the installable images to the HWE build which brings in Linux 5.8. Neon installs should just install it on upgrade and use it on the next boot. Chat on our forum and report bugs on bugs.kde.org as ever.

    • Distributions

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • The role of the Orchestrator in GitOps-driven operations

          Typically, when a new technology or pattern emerges, various approaches are taken to determine how it best fits into a transformed model. Proponents of traditional methods are sometimes initially met with resistance by eager early adopters, who may discard lessons learned from foundational practices.

          Established orchestration approaches versus GitOps methodologies demonstrate this inflection point.

          While it would be an oversimplification to assume that one approach entirely can replace the other, we’ll examine the strengths and weaknesses of each in this post and find a balance between the two.

        • Switching SELinux on and off – Linux Concept

          This is perhaps a weird section to begin with, but disabling SELinux is a commonly requested activity. Some vendors do not support their application running on a platform that has SELinux enabled, as those vendors do not have the expertise to develop SELinux policies for their own applications, or are not able to educate their own support lines to deal with SELinux.

          Furthermore, system administrators are generally reluctant to use security controls they do not understand or find too complex to maintain. Luckily, SELinux is becoming a de facto standard technology in several Linux distributions, which is increasing its exposure and understanding among administrators. SELinux is also capable of selectively disabling its access controls for a part of a system rather than requiring us to disable it for a complete system.

        • Podman is gaining rootless overlay support | Enable Sysadmin

          Podman can use native overlay file system with the Linux kernel versions 5.13. Up until now, we have been using fuse-overlayfs. The kernel gained rootless support in the 5.11 kernel, but a bug prevented SELinux use with the file system; this bug was fixed in 5.13.

        • Leveraging Cloud Computing to Enhance the Nation’s Cybersecurity [Ed: Pushing clown computing as a security 'solution' is truly insane (it's the cause of so many issues and a privacy/data protection catastrophe), but this is what IBM emeritus IWB is doing today]

          There’s clearly an urgent need to significantly improve the security and resilience of IT systems and applications in light of the growing threat of cyberattacks, which FBI director Christopher Wray recently compared to addressing the challenge of global terrorism following the 9/11 attack. Earlier this week, the NY Times published this front page article – Once, Superpower Summits Were About Nukes. Now, It’s Cyberweapons, that said: “The rising tempo and sophistication of recent attacks on American infrastructure – from gasoline pipelines running up the East Coast, to plants providing a quarter of America’s beef, to the operations of hospitals and the internet itself – has revealed a set of vulnerabilities no president can ignore.” On May 12, President Biden issued an Executive Order to Improve the Nation’s Cybersecurity, a welcome and very important step.

          Cloud-based technologies and Cloud Service Provides (CSPs) can play a major role in improving the nation’s cybersecurity. Over the years, CSPs have invested billions in cloud security, hired thousands of top cyber experts, and developed an array of new tools and methods. CIOs generally agree that the security on cloud platforms is superior to that of in-house data centers, a major reason why the top IDC prediction for the post-pandemic new normal was that “By the end of 2021, based on lessons learned, 80% of enterprises will put a mechanism in place to shift to cloud-centric infrastructure and applications twice as fast as before the pandemic.”

        • Authorino: Making open source, cloud-native API security simple and flexible

          Authorino solves a persistent problem that arises when upgrading applications for secure internet use: the need to add authentication or authorization to APIs that were built without these security concepts in mind. Authorino provides an easy, cloud-native way to expose these APIs. You don’t have to modify or rebuild your API. A thin reverse-proxy layer with an external authorization filter, completely configurable via the Kubernetes API, allows you to add the right authentication and authorization model to suit your needs.

          This article introduces Authorino with an overview of its uses and benefits, a look at its underlying mechanics, and a brief demonstration based on an example use case.

        • Java EE and Jakarta EE: What IT leaders should know | The Enterprisers Project

          The first thing to know about Java EE is that it’s no longer called Java EE.

          “Java EE is under new management,” says Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation.

          A bit of a quick history lesson, courtesy of Milinkovich: Oracle contributed Java EE to Eclipse in 2017, and it became an open source project. Subsequently, the name was changed to Jakarta EE. Today, the project is overseen by the Jakarta EE Working Group, which Milinkovich describes as a who’s who of Java industry leaders, such as Fujitsu, IBM, Oracle, Payara, Red Hat, and Tomitribe.

          Jakarta EE can be viewed as a bridge between old and new, in the sense that it’s a means of adopting and working with modern technologies without dumping your existing application and infrastructure investments – a nonstarter for most companies, not to mention IT pros who’ve invested significant time and energy in their existing skill sets but want to continue to adapt to newer tools and languages.

          Jakarta EE lets you leverage your existing Java EE code – and offers a future for your skilled Java developers.
          “Jakarta EE provides your enterprise with two strategic advantages: a path forward for your existing investments in the Java EE application code running your business, and a bright future for the skilled Java developers on your staff,” Milinkovich says.

        • Hybrid work: 7 signs that meeting should be an email | The Enterprisers Project

          Pointless meetings are nothing new; they’re so pervasive that surviving another meeting that should have been an email reached meme status back in the 2000’s. However, this problem risks reaching epidemic status in the age of Zoom. With the ongoing shift to hybrid work – combining office and remote work – video calls are going nowhere soon, so leaders need to know when to use them and when to skip directly to email or chat.

          Many people are not using collaboration tools for informal updates.
          Six out of ten individuals surveyed early this year by virtual work consultancy Vitira reported that the number of meetings they must attend has increased significantly since the pandemic began. “Most say that the ad-hoc chats they had at the office have been replaced by formal meetings,” says Cynthia Watson (formerly Spraggs), CEO of Vitira and author of a book on how to work from home, “which indicates that many are not using collaboration tools for informal updates.”

      • Debian Family

        • Debian GNU / Linux: Cinnamon Desktop Future (For Now) Preserved

          Debian GNU / Linux has traditionally lived off the commitment of its developers. Many packages are now managed in teams – programs like KDE or GNOME may not be prudent to handle regardless of their size. Individuals are still responsible for other packages.

          This would have disabled the popular Linux mint based cinnamon desktop. Like the current package manager Norbert Braining Announced on his blog, He currently maintains the desktop for Debian. However, according to his own report, Breening has been using KDE for a few months, and now Debian has been using KDE. He did not want to spend too much time on cinnamon.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Linux Mint 20.2 has a Beta version now available | GamingOnLinux

          Linux Mint 20.2 is close to being ready with a first Beta version now available with the Cinnamon, MATE and Xfce desktop variants up for some testing. This will be an LTS release (Long-term support), with it getting updates up until 2025.

          This is a pretty big one for the project too, with lots of changes across the whole desktop. Although, that does depend on which version of Linux Mint you go for. The main edition, Linux Mint Cinnamon is of course where the majority of their focus goes and all the changes are sounding pretty great.

        • Linux Mint 20.2 Beta Introduces Update Reminder, Cinnamon 5, New Applications, and Other Improvements – It’s FOSS News

          Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” (beta) based on Ubuntu 20.04.2 is finally available to download.

          Here, I shall highlight what’s new and how to get the beta version for testing.

        • Ubuntu 20.10 Reaches End of Life on July 22, Here’s How to Upgrade

          For anyone running the Ubuntu 20.10, you have until July 22 to update to a newer version. Canonical, the company behind the distro, has announced that after that date, version 20.10 (also known as “Groovy Gorilla”) will enter its End of Life.

          Even though Ubuntu 20.10 was only released in October last year, it was an interim release with 9-months of support. While any PC running Ubuntu 20.10 will continue to work after July 22, because you won’t get security updates. It’s highly recommended that you upgrade ASAP.

        • How’s my snap faring on different distributions?

          The life of an application can roughly be divided into two: everything that happens before it goes live – building, packaging, publication – and then, everything that happens after that milestone. Traditionally, on Linux, developers didn’t always have an easy way of deriving useful numbers on how their software was doing across the distrospace. Indeed, the ability to understand one’s audience’s needs, and then react to them, perhaps by improving a product, or making changes that would help grow the usage, is an important part of the software lifecycle. The question is, how (and if) can you do that with snaps?

          Enter the Store

          Last year, we had a pretty thorough overview of the Snap Store, and the different functionalities it offers to publishers. If you have an account, and you’ve published a snap or three, you can configure and modify a whole range of settings and options for your applications. For instance, you can upload screenshots and videos, add collaborators, trigger builds, publicize your work, and check the metrics.

          By default, the metrics page displays a 30-day weekly active devices count, and a breakdown by application version. This gives you a good understanding of the overall behavior of the systems using snap. You can increase the window to get a longer view of the trends.

    • Devices/Embedded

      • KloudNote 10.3-inch E-reader supports WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular connectivity – CNX Software

        Geniatech used to be better known for their Amlogic TV boxes, before expanding their business to development boards and systems-on-modules. But the company has now introduced KloudNote, a 10.3-inch E-reader running Android 8.1 on a quad-core Cortex-A35 processor.

        The device is equipped with 2GB of RAM and a 16GB eMMC flash, supports WiFi 5 and Bluetooth, as well as optional 2G/3G/4G LTE cellular connectivity, and comes with a USB-C port and a headphone jack.

      • TI AM64x 7-core processor is made for PLC’s, motor drives, industrial robots – CNX Software

        Texas Instruments AM64x is a family of 64-bit Arm processors with functional safety designed for Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), motor drives, remote I/O, and industrial robots. The top-end processor of the family, AM6442, comes with seven cores including two Cortex-A53 application cores, four Cortex-R5F real-time cores, and one Cortex-M4F isolated core.

        AFAICT, while the documentation is dated January 2021 and TI announced the processor in February in a blog post with a cryptic title, it was only first picked up by Embedded Computing in early May. Besides the processor itself, TI also provides an AM64x starter kit and a full-featured AM64x evaluation kit, and several companies are already preparing development boards and modules as we’ll see further below.

      • Open Hardware/Modding

        • 14 Awesome Arduino Cloud Features You Never Knew Existed

          There are dozens, if not hundreds of amazing Arduino Cloud features. So it’s perfectly understandable if you’ve missed some of them.

          So we’ve put together a list of our favorite Arduino Cloud features that you might not know existed.

        • Homemade mechanical color TV runs on an Arduino Due | Arduino Blog

          Nearly everyone alive today has never the technical marvel that is the mechanical television. In short, the work by quickly strobing a light through a disc that has holes cut around its perimeter, with each hole being slightly lower than its predecessor. Combined with the persistence of vision effect, this gives the illusion of a still image with its number of rows being equal to the number of holes in the disc. YouTuber “Science ‘n’ Stuff” wanted to try creating a modern version that uses a microcontroller to precisely adjust an LED’s color, rather than using an analog signal.

          The device has a single large plastic disc with 32 holes for a total of 32 rows in the image. It’s spun at 1500 RPM by a DC motor that’s driven via PWM, and because there can be some variance in the motor’s speed, the synchronization signal that’s produced on each full rotation is also used to carefully adjust the motor’s speed to keep it constant. Both images and sound are read from an onboard microSD card, with the images being converted into pulses of light and the sound being played on a mono speaker. All of this is controlled by an Arduino Due board.

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • The Apache News Round-up: week ending 18 June 2021

        The week has zipped by –it’s Friday already– and it’s time to take a look at what the Apache community has been up to over the past week…

      • Web Browsers

        • Mozilla

          • Gary Linden, legendary surfer & Firefox fan

            On the internet you are never alone, and because of that at Mozilla we know that we can’t work to build a better internet alone. We believe in and rely on our community — from our volunteers, to our staff, to our users and even the parent’s of our staff (who also happen to be some of our power users). For Father’s Day, Mozilla’s Natalie Linden sat down with her father, big wave surf legend and surfboard maker, Gary Linden to talk the ocean, the internet and where humanity goes from here.

            We should probably start by telling people who we are. I am Natalie Linden, the Director of the Creative Studio in Mozilla marketing.

      • CMS

        • Top 11 open-source Kanban tools for work teams in enterprises

          Kanban is a simple but powerful tool that can help business owners and project managers stay organized maybe in a conference room and I’ll explain it.

          Kanban is a Japanese term meaning something like billboard it was developed by Toyota in the 1950s for manufacturing however it has since been applied to a number of industries including construction architecture, software development, and even personal time management.

          Kanban board keeps all of your team members collaborating and informed.

          In many cases, the digital Kanban system along with thoughtful participation can eliminate the need for the dreaded weekly status report

          in its most basic form, a Kanban board has just a few columns such as to do, in progress, and completed with digital systems like stars any number of columns can be created to reflect how workflows through your organization.

      • FSF

        • GNU Projects

          • GNU Guix: Substitutes now also available from bordeaux.guix.gnu.org

            There have been a number of different project operated sources of substitutes, for the last couple of years the default source of substitutes has been ci.guix.gnu.org (with a few different URLs).


            This change is an important milestone, following on from the work that started on the Guix Build Coordinator towards the start of 2020.

            Back in 2020, the substitute availability from ci.guix.gnu.org was often an issue. There seemed to be a number of contributing factors, including some parts of the architecture. Without going too much in to the details of the issues, aspects of the design of the Guix Build Coordinator were specifically meant to avoid some of these issues.

            While there were some very positive results from testing back in 2020, it’s taken so long to bring the substitute availability benefits to general users of Guix that ci.guix.gnu.org has changed and improved significantly in the meantime. This means that any benefits in terms of substitute availability are less significant now.

            One clearer benefit of just having two independent sources of substitutes is redundancy. While the availability of ci.guix.gnu.org has been very high (in my opinion), having a second independent substitute server should mean that if there’s a future issue with users accessing either source of substitutes, the disruption should be reduced.

            I’m also excited about the new possibilities offered by having a second substitute server, particularly one using the Guix Build Coordinator to manage the builds.

            Substitutes for the Hurd is already something that’s been prototyped, so I’m hopeful that bordeaux.guix.gnu.org can start using childhurd VMs to build things soon.

            Looking a bit further forward, I think there’s some benefits to be had in doing further work on how the nar and narinfo files used for substitutes are managed. There are some rough plans already on how to address the retention of nars, and how to look at high performance mirrors.

      • Programming/Development

        • C++ Coroutines Two: Electric Boogaloo: co_await a QNetworkReply*

          If you haven’t read my previous blog post on coroutines in C++, you want to do that before reading this blog post.

          In the last blog post, I explained how to construct an awaitable Future type.


          As far as the C++ compiler is concerned, this ain’t kosher, because you’re trying to define an operator for a primitive type (a pointer). Your compiler will probably tell you that this needs to be done on a class or enum type.

          But that leaves the question of “how do I make a QNetworkReply* co_awaitable if I can’t define co_await on a pointer type?” It is possible.

          Your promise_type object has more last jobs than what I covered in the last blog post. One of them is to potentially provide an await_transform function.

          An await_transform function essentially “preprocesses” any values being co_awaited before the compiler attempts to look for a co_await implementation.

        • Modula-2 Programming Language Front-End Still Looking Towards Mainline GCC In 2021 – Phoronix

          The Modula-2 programming language developed from the late 70′s to 80′s might finally see mainline GNU Compiler Collection (GCC) support in 2021.

          The structured Modula-2 programming language is that out of ETH Zurich by Niklaus Wirth who is known for his work as well on Euler, Pascal and other programming languages. Modula-2 still has some uses today like with Russia’s GLONASS satellites.

        • Remi Collet: PHP version 7.4.21RC1 and 8.0.8RC1

          Release Candidate versions are available in testing repository for Fedora and Enterprise Linux (RHEL / CentOS) to allow more people to test them. They are available as Software Collections, for a parallel installation, perfect solution for such tests, and also as base packages.

          RPM of PHP version 8.0.8RC1 are available as SCL in remi-test repository and as base packages in the remi-php80-test repository for Fedora 32-34 and Enterprise Linux.

          RPM of PHP version 7.4.21RC1 are available as SCL in remi-test repository and as base packages in the remi-test repository for Fedora 32-34 or remi-php74-test repository for Enterprise Linux.

        • Commercial LTS Qt 5.15.5 Released
        • Perl/Raku

          • gfldex: Despotting

            API::Discord is a bit spotty. Many classes that are typically represented as a Str don’t sport that method. In same cases bare deparsed JSON is returned. That led to a fair amount of clutter that followed a pattern. After making a remote call via the API, I mix in a role and query the API further, before passing a list on via a Supply. I do the same operation with different operants. That’s sounds like a candidate for a multi sub.

        • Java

          • Bankdata shares its results of using Quarkus on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform

            Organizations across the globe and spanning various industries are turning to containerized microservices to innovate at speed. Many have adopted Red Hat OpenShift as a robust and highly-scalable enterprise-ready platform for hosting their containers.

            There are so many Java frameworks available. Deciding which to use when developing on Red Hat OpenShift can be pretty challenging for developers. After all, the business needs the applications it relies on to run efficiently and to be able to scale up quickly when required.

            This post compares how well three different Java frameworks – specifically Spring Boot, the community build of Quarkus on JVM, and the community build of Quarkus as a native Linux executable – optimized Java for Red Hat OpenShift. We’re going to be looking at an experiment Bankdata conducted last year.

    • Standards/Consortia

      • A revival at the intersection of open source and open standards – TechCrunch

        Tremendous technological innovation and transformative power are possible for the future if we re-energize the spirit of collaboration between the open-standards and open-source communities.

      • Open Source, Open Standards, and the Need for Collaboration

        “Our world has big problems to solve,” says Guy Martin, executive director of OASIS Open, and finding solutions will require open source and open standards communities to work together.

        In a recent article at TechCrunch, Martin describes the differences between open source and open standards but also examines their similarities and common goals, such as interoperability, innovation, and choice.

  • Leftovers

    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • Microsoft’s Linux work apparently broke itself

          Microsoft’s official repository, from which it serves all its cross-platform software for several Linux distros, was knocked offline for almost an entire day.

          Microsoft builds and supports a variety of software products for distros such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS, Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, and others, and makes them available via standard APT and YUM package repositories.

          Early Prime Day deals: see all the best early offers right here.
          Many users who used these software and tools took to GitHub to raise the issue with the respective projects, including .NET Core, Microsoft Teams, Microsoft SQL Server for Linux, Microsoft Edge, and others.

        • Security

          • Relaunching #ipfire

            I am sure you have already heard that the Freenode IRC Network has been hijacked and lots of people lost control over their IRC channels. So did the IPFire Project.

            Although we didn’t consider IRC the best protocol for conversations that require more than average privacy, the #ipfire channel was still around. We are self hosting a Jabber server which is hosting a public channel that was meant to replace IRC, but it never caught on. It seems that the golden era of live chatting to people on the Internet is a little bit over…

          • Google funds Linux project to fix vulnerabilities and enhance security [Ed: Google paid Mozilla, which created Rust, and now Google wants to impose another programming language, controlled to a large degree by Microsoft, on Torvalds… in the name of “security”… because money buys decisions]

            Google, the search engine company and the Android-maker, has recently announced to be backing a project by Linux to make the Operating System harder to hack by fixing its vulnerabilities and enhancing its security. Google mentioned in a report on Thursday that it is funding a project to increase the security of Linux by re-writing the core parts “Kernel” of the Linux Operating System in Rust programming language which is basically a modernization effort to make it harder for the hackers to attack Linux-based devices.

          • Security updates for Friday [LWN.net]

            Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (aspnet-runtime, aspnet-runtime-3.1, chromium, drupal, intel-ucode, nginx, opera, python-django, radare2, thefuck, and vivaldi), Debian (jetty9), Fedora (dogtag-pki and pki-core), openSUSE (htmldoc and postgresql10), Oracle (dhcp), SUSE (apache2, caribou, jetty-minimal, libxml2, postgresql12, python-PyJWT, python-rsa, python-urllib3, thunderbird, tpm2.0-tools, xstream, and xterm), and Ubuntu (grub2-signed, grub2-unsigned and libxml2).

          • Determining the Source of Truth for Software Components

            Abstract: Having access to a list of software components and their respective meta-data is critical to performing various DevOps tasks successfully. After considering the varying requirements of the different tasks, we determined that representing a software component as a “collection of files” provided an optimal representation. Conversely, when file-level information is missing, most tasks become more costly or outright impossible to complete.

    • Monopolies

      • Patents

        • Partial win for Heckler & Koch in assault rifle procurement in Germany

          The German Federal Procurement Body (Vergabekammer des Bundes), headed by Hans-Werner Behrens, has decided that competitor C.G. Haenel was misinformed. The body has decided that, upon recalculation, C.G Haenel’s bid to supply 120,000 assault rifles to the German army was ultimately less economical than Heckler & Koch’s.

          The decision comes after, following a break from tradition, the army awarded the contract to C.G. Haenel in late 2020. For 60 years, the German Armed Forces’ assault rifle supplier was Heckler & Koch. Haenel is a traditional German company, known in the market for its hunting rifles.

          Surprisingly, patent-related allegations against Haenel played a marginal role in the hearing. Instead, the body looked mainly at which supplier put forward the most economical bid. However, the patent dispute could still gain importance over the coming year.


          Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court case law, which requires the awarding authorities to examine whether possible infringements of industrial property rights restrict the ability to supply and thus bidder suitability, forms the background to these expert opinions. Accordingly, the awarding authority does not necessarily have to wait for the outcome of a patent dispute.

          The BAAINBw dismissed as irrelevant whether it acted correctly in this case, since the bid was eliminated anyway because it was less cost-effective. Observers criticised that the Federal Procurement Body did not decide on this point.

          Düsseldorf Regional Court will hear Heckler & Koch’s infringement suit against Haenel on 12 October. In parallel, Heckler & Koch has filed a negative declaratory judgment action against rifle magazine manufacturer Magpul, which accuses the arms manufacturer of infringing its patents.

        • Micron, Mouser sued in Germany

          US patent firm Innovative Foundry Technologies (IFT) is suing Micro and Mouser in a court in Dusseldorf, Germany, for patent infringement.
          A US patent company has filed a suit in Germany against Micron and Mouser

          Innovative Foundry Technologies (IFT), a US patent company, is suing Micro and Mouser in a court in Dusseldorf, Germany, for patent infringement.

          The company was formed in 2017 and acquired patents from AMD. It has successfully sued TSMC and UMC and now SMIC in China.

          It has acquired new patents, one of which it asserted in a new infringement lawsuit filed in Germany. The case in the Dusseldorf Patent Court alleges that Micron Technologies, Micron Semiconductor (Deutschland), and Mouser Electronics infringed a German Patent De 10 2008 030 854 B4, “MOS transistors having depressed drain and source regions and conforming metal silicide regions, and methods of fabricating the transistors.”

[Meme] When the ‘Court’ Drops

Posted in Europe, Patents at 9:05 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

She got a crisp picture most of the time, but sound was a tad choppy…

Tell me the truth, I'm ready to hear it; Sorry, cannot connect to the EPO server; I blame the orange president

Summary: As the EPO sneakily outsourced courts to American companies and parties in dispute depend on their ISP for “access to justice” there’s a catastrophic impact on the very concept of justice or the right to be heard (sometimes you don’t hear anything and/or cannot be heard)

The EPO’s Virtual Injustice and Virtual (‘News’) Media

Posted in Deception, Europe, Patents at 8:47 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Video download link

Summary: A discussion of this morning’s post (part 10 in a series) about the shallow media/blog coverage that followed or accompanied last month’s notorious EPO hearing

FOLLOWING this morning’s installment of "Virtual Injustice" (part 10) we’ve decided to do a long video about the absurd situation. IRC-wise things have calmed down, so we’re catching up with our schedule and hope to be back on track by Monday.

“There’s not much objective media left; a lot of it is just a cabal of law firms or professional writers salaried by those law firms.”The video above focuses on some background information. About half of it is a bit of a primer and discussion. Having followed this closely for a long time (the case for months and the issues associated with ‘ViCo’ for over a year) it’s important to rebut or confront misleading and shallow media coverage. There’s not much objective media left; a lot of it is just a cabal of law firms or professional writers salaried by those law firms.

Justice is blind to justice itself or the EPC
Justice is only justice when the president likes it

Links 18/6/2021: LibreOffice 7.2 Beta, Elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2, and Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Beta

Posted in News Roundup at 7:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Audiocasts/Shows

      • Word Processors Are Evil And Should Not Exist!

        You will find a word processor installed on almost every desktop computer. The word processor has become an integral part of so many people’s workflow. And that’s a shame because the word processor is a pointless piece of software. It serves no real purpose…

    • Kernel Space

      • Systemd 249 release candidate includes better support for immutable OSes and provisioning images

        Systemd maintainer Lennart Poettering has committed code for RC1 including a huge number of new features.

        Releases tend to come around every four months, with the last being Systemd 248 on 30 March. It is an alternative to the Linux init daemon but with much greater scope; its documentation describes it as “a suite of basic building blocks for a Linux system.”

        Most but not all Linux distros have adopted systemd – including Debian, SUSE, Red Hat (and its variants Fedora and CentOS), and Ubuntu. Debian can be run without systemd, and Devuan is a fork of Debian that specifically avoids it.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • Run your Gemini server on Guix with Agate

        This article is about deploying the Gemini server agate on the Guix linux distribution.

      • Using grep command in CentOS for text matching – Linux Concept

        Grep (short for GlobalRegular Expression Print) is a command that is used extensively to as a text search tool in text files. It searches for a pattern in a file and prints the corresponding line, which contains the matching pattern. Itscans files for specified patterns and can be used with regular expressions, as well as text strings.

      • How to Install VMware Workstation Pro on Ubuntu 20.04

        Creating a virtual machine is the most suitable solution if you want to go on a test drive of a new operating system without installing it on bare metal alongside your primary Operating System.

        It gives you the flexibility to use multiple operating systems directly from your host operating system and also delete or reinstall it any number of times.

      • How to backup your home directory in Linux – PragmaticLinux

        Got the itch for a little Linux distro-hopping? I know the feeling. We get spoiled with so many wonderful new Linux distribution releases throughout the year. It’s hard to resist the temptation. I typically first spin them up in VirtualBox. When it’s time to upgrade your daily driver PC, just make sure to first backup your personal data. This article explains step-by-step how to backup your home directory in Linux. We’ll use the rsync program in combination with an external USB drive.

      • How to Browse with Tor to Protect Your Privacy Online

        If you are concerned about privacy and want one of the most well-protected browsers available, then you should try the Tor Browser. It is free and open source software that enables anonymous internet communication.

        Today we’re taking a closer look at The Onion Router knows better by its acronym Tor. Sure it may a reputation within the cybersecurity world as the dark web browser of choice. But don’t discredit this powerful privacy tool just because a few bad apples use it from time to time. Despite its darker users, Tor offers an unparalleled level of anonymity that can aid anyone in protecting their privacy. At its heart, Tor’s intended to protect the personal privacy of its users, as well as their freedom to conduct confidential communication.

      • Manually install a Gnome Shell Extension from a ZIP file – PragmaticLinux

        Did the installation of a Gnome Shell Extension, through your web browser’s Gnome Shell integration add-on, result in an error? This happens sometimes due to a potential bug or compatibility issue. To resolve the problem, you can download an older or newer version of the Gnome extension. You’ll end up with a ZIP file of the Gnome extension, which you’ll have to install manually. This tutorial explains how to manually install a Gnome extension from a ZIP file.

      • How To Install XRDP (Remote Desktop) on Debian 10 – TecAdmin

        XRDP is an open-source implementation of the Microsoft RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) server. It provides bridging between the RDP client and the X windows system. The XRDP server allows remote users to graphical login to the remote machines using the Microsoft RDP client.

        The XRDP allows two-way clipboard transfer, audio and microphone voice redirection and allows us to mount local drives on the remote machines.

        This tutorial helps you to Install XRDP Server (Remote Desktop) on the Debian 10 Linux system.

      • Delete the pi user from your Raspberry PI – PragmaticLinux

        Looking for a way to increase the security on your Raspberry PI? Changing the default password for the pi user is the recommended first step. Better would be if you change the default username as well. One approach is to create a brand new user account and then completely delete the pi user from your Raspberry PI. This tutorial explains how to achieve exactly that. It’s one of the first things I recommend you do, right after installing the Raspberry PI operating system.

      • How to change the hostname of your Raspberry PI – PragmaticLinux

        The hostname of your Raspberry PI allows you to address it by its name, as opposed to its IP address. The hostname is how your Raspberry PI identifies itself to other systems on your local network. By default, the hostname is set to raspberrypi. Feel free to change the hostname of your Raspberry PI though. Especially if you plan on running more than one Raspberry PI on your local network. This tutorial presents several ways of how you can change the hostname of your Raspberry PI.

      • Configure SSH for login without a password – PragmaticLinux

        Looking for a way to login to your Linux server via SSH without specifying a password? Using an SSH key pair is the way to go then. If done properly, this results in more convenience for you and more security for your server. In this article you’ll learn step-by-step how to setup an SSH key pair for logging into your server via SSH, without having to enter a password.

    • Games

      • Vomitoreum is a retro-styled FPS Metroidvania that releases July 30 | GamingOnLinux

        Vomitoreum shall bring a nice little birthday present for me on July 30 when this retro-styled FPS Metroidvania releases on Steam and itch.io. From the same developer who created Shrine / Shrine II and Lycanthorn / Lycanthorn II – Rain of Beasts comes another GZDoom powered experience.

        The developer announced on Twitter the July 30 release date for Vomitoreum and replied to confirm the same date for Linux builds to arrive too.

        “Vomitoreum has a world inspired by the painting of Zdzisław Beksiński; intense combat; challenging but fair gameplay; and a world waiting to be explored! Rise from the grave factory and see what Vomitoreum has lying in wait for you!”

      • co-open is a wholesome game about shopping by yourself for the first time | GamingOnLinux

        Remember the first time you were allowed to be in a shop by yourself? For some it was seriously exciting, others perhaps a little terrifying and that’s what co-open is all about. Created as a Humble Original, a game that Humble Bundle paid for to be included as a special game in their monthly Humble Choice (the February 2021 edition), it’s now released proper up on itch.io.

      • Melvor Idle is probably one of the best idle games around | GamingOnLinux

        Ever played an idle / clicker game? They’ve been popular in the past, especially in the earlier days of web gaming and Melvor Idle is probably one of the best.


        The game allows a certain amount of offline progression too. Non-combat skills can be left on while you’re away for quite a few hours, so you’ve always got something interesting to come back to which makes it that little bit sweeter. Melvor Idle makes it easy to become a little obsessed with it and so it’s quite dangerous with your time.

      • New ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Game Has Game Streamers Worried Over Integral Music In The Game

        With streaming games and “let’s plays” becoming a dominant force of influence in the gaming world, one of the sillier trends we’ve seen is video games coming out with “stream safe” settings that strip out audio content for which there is no broadcast license. We’ve talked already about how this sort of thing is not a solution to the actual problem — the complicated licenses surrounding copyrighted works and the permission culture that birthed them — but is rather a ploy to simply ignore that problem entirely. That hasn’t stopped this from becoming a more regular thing in the gaming world, even as we’ve seen examples of “stream safe” settings fail to keep streams from getting DMCA notices.

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • GNOME Desktop/GTK

        • Ole Aamot: GNOME Internet Radio Locator version 11.10 with GeoClue Location View support

          The latest release of GNOME Internet Radio Locator 11.10 finally features GeoClue Location View, since most people don’t live in Boston (wait a few seconds before your computer location is displayed on the map via GeoClue and click Zoom In/Zoom Out and drag on the map to see and listen to radio stations in the location map view. Click on the map marker labels to listen at your location or search with location text (for example “Cambridge, United Kingdom”) in the blank text input box to switch between the radio stations.

          GNOME Internet Radio Locator 11 for GNOME 40 is a Free Software program that allows you to easily locate Free Internet Radio stations by broadcasters on the Internet with the help of map and text search.

          GNOME Internet Radio Locator 11 for GNOME 40 is developed on the GNOME 40 desktop platform with GNOME Maps, GeoClue, libchamplain and geocode-lib and it requires at least GTK+ 3.0 and GStreamer 1.0 for audio playback.

          GNOME Internet Radio Locator 11 for GNOME 40 is available with map marker popups for Internet radio stations in 110 world cities as well as text-based location search for 187 Internet Radio stations in 102 world cities.

        • Dash to Panel Extension is Now Available for GNOME 40

          The popular GNOME 40 extension – Dash to Panel is ported for GNOME 40. And you can now install it and experience the new look of your desktop.

    • Distributions

      • Screenshots/Screencasts

        • Elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2

          Today we are looking at Elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2 It uses Linux Kernel 5.8, based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and uses about 600MB of ram when idling. It is fast and stunning, but just lacks a lot of applications, I am sure it will be back in the stable release. Enjoy!

        • Elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2 Run Through

          In this video, we are looking at Elementary OS 6.0 Beta 2.

      • IBM/Red Hat/Fedora

        • Red Hat Migration Toolkit for Virtualization Makes Cloud-Native Migration an Achievable Reality

          Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, today announced the general availability of Red Hat’s migration toolkit for virtualization to help organizations accelerate open hybrid cloud strategies by making it easier to migrate existing workloads to modern infrastructure in a streamlined, wholesale manner. By bringing mission-critical applications based on virtual machines (VMs) to Red Hat OpenShift, IT organizations can experience a smoother, more scalable modernization experience while mitigating potential risks and downtime.

        • Red Hat to teach Kubernetes by Example

          In an effort to bring Kubernetes to more users, Red Hat is providing free online Kubernetes-focused tutorials. The company announced improvements to its Kubernetes by Example site at its Red Hat Summit today. In addition to tutorials, the company will provide news, community interaction and a hands-on approach to learning.

          “Safe to say, Kubernetes plays a critical role in delivering value to your customers today and enabling you to adapt tomorrow. Keeping your skills sharp and staying up-to-date on developments around this fast-moving technology are paramount,” Mithun Dhar, vice president and general manager of Developer Tools and Programs at Red Hat, wrote in a post.

        • Open Source Stories – Lowering barriers in higher education

          The high cost of higher education is no secret. What many outside the industry don’t see is the role expensive textbooks and course materials play in driving that cost up. Our latest film introduces you to the scholars and students who are bringing affordable, open alternatives to campus.

        • Command Line Heroes season 7, episode 7

          1995 laid the groundwork for a truly global World Wide Web, but not every country took the same path to connecting to the internet. Some resisted, wanting to create their own version. Others had to fight for access, not wanting to be left behind. And while we made huge strides in connecting the world in those early years, we still have a long way to go.

        • Elana Hashman: I’m hosting a Bug Scrub for Kubernetes SIG Node [Ed: IBM employees choose only proprietary software for discussions ("Slack and Zoom") while running petitions to "REMOVE STALLMAN" from the FSF, which he founded]

          It’s been a long while since I last hosted a BSP, but ’tis the season.

          Kubernetes SIG Node will be holding a bug scrub on June 24-25, and this is a great opportunity for you to get involved if you’re interested in contributing to Kubernetes or SIG Node!

          We will be hosting a global event with region captains for all timezones. I am one of the NASA captains (~17:00-01:00 UTC) and I’ll be leading the kickoff. We will be working on Slack and Zoom. I hope you’ll be able to drop in!

        • Red Hat Coffee Hour [Ed: IBM opposes RMS but loves Apple]

          The Red Hat® Coffee Hour series is a bi-weekly videocast featuring luminaries from technology, society and the world of STEM. Topics for discussion will include governmental and societal impacts of technology, open source in Sci/Tech/Med., as well as the role of technology and work/life balance.

          Every startup has a story – often a technologist and a marketing genius in a garage, trying to make a mark on the world. The Apple Computer story is on a whole other level. In the early 70’s, Steve “The Woz” Wozniak and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs were spending time hanging out in a garage in Silicon Valley, about to embark on a journey that continues to change the way the world consumes technology. Adam Clater, Chief Architect at Red Hat and The Woz will discuss the early days of technology and home brew computing – how sharing designs and learning within those communities as well as his work with HP and Atari lead to the formation of what has become the most valuable company in the world – Apple Computer.

        • Fedora Stakeholders Back To Discussing Raising x86_64 Requirements Or Using Glibc HWCAPS – Phoronix

          While Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 is dropping support for older x86_64 CPUs by raising the baseline requirement to “x86_64-v2″ that roughly correlates to Intel Nehalem era processors and newer, so far Fedora has not changed its default. There was a proposal shot down last year for raising the x86_64 microarchitecture feature level while now that discussion has been restarted or alternatively making use of Glibc’s HWCAPS facility for allowing run-time detection and loading of optimized libraries.

          The discussion over whether Fedora should raise its x86_64 microarchitecture feature level requirement or make use of Glibc HWCAPS has been restarted on their mailing list. The talk stems from SUSE Linux Enterprise / openSUSE Leap pursuing x86_64-v2 optimized libraries by way of Glibc-HWCAPS for their next point release / service pack.

      • Canonical/Ubuntu Family

        • Regolith Linux 1.6 Released with Versions Based on Ubuntu 21.04 and 20.04 LTS

          Regolith Linux 1.6 is available in two versions: one based on based on Ubuntu 21.04 (which means it has a new Linux kernel, a tonne of bug and security fixes, plus access to a fresher set of software through the stock Ubuntu repos), and one based on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

          If you’re not familiar with Regolith I can bring you up to speed quickly: take a solid Ubuntu foundation and lay a powerful, bespoke keyboard-centric UI (i3-gaps) on top. The end result: a quirky Ubuntu based distro like no other.

          A couple of new “Looks” are available to users of Regolith Linux 1.6: a ‘solarized light’ theme; and a dark midnight theme. Regolith Looks are composed of a GTK theme, icon set, wallpaper, and even layout tweaks. Looks are installed through the command line as packages and enabled/changing using (what else) a keyboard shortcut — the alt + super + l shortcut to be specific.

        • Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) Will Reach End Of Life on July 22nd, 2021

          Released eight months ago on October 22nd, 2021, Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) was the first release of the popular Linux distribution to offer Raspberry Pi 4 desktop images, transforming the tiny single-board computer into a powerful workstation for all your daily computing needs. Check out my review of Ubuntu 20.10 on Raspberry Pi 4 to see it in action.

          Ubuntu 20.10 shipped with the Linux 5.8 kernel series, nftables as default firewall backend instead of iptables, support for Active Directory (AD) logins, support for Ubuntu Certified devices, the GNOME 3.38 desktop environment, and much more.

        • Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) reaches End Of Life on July 22 2021

          Ubuntu announced its 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) release almost 9 months ago, on October 22, 2020, and its support period is now nearing its end. Ubuntu 20.10 will reach end of life on July 22, 2021.

          At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 20.10.

          The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 20.10 is via Ubuntu 21.04. Instructions and caveats for the upgrade may be found at:


          Ubuntu 21.04 continues to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes. Announcements of security updates for Ubuntu releases are sent to the ubuntu-security-announce mailing list, information about which may be found at:


          Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users in homes, schools, businesses and governments around the world. Ubuntu is Open Source software, costs nothing to download, and users are free to customise or alter their software in order to meet their needs.

        • Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy Gorilla) reaches End of Life on July 22 2021
        • Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Xfce – BETA Release

          This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Xfce Edition.

          Linux Mint 20.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

        • Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” MATE – BETA Release

          This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” MATE Edition.

          Linux Mint 20.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

        • Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Cinnamon – BETA Release

          This is the BETA release for Linux Mint 20.2 “Uma” Cinnamon Edition.

          Linux Mint 20.2 is a long term support release which will be supported until 2025. It comes with updated software and brings refinements and many new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use.

    • Devices/Embedded

    • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

      • Videomass – cross-platform GUI for FFmpeg and youtube-dl

        A common complaint about YouTube is that to watch the material you need to use a web browser. Fortunately, some creative developers have developed applications that allow you to bypass the web-only barrier of YouTube.

        Videomass is a cross-platform GUI designed for FFmpeg enthusiasts who need to manage custom profiles to automate conversion/transcoding processes. The software lets you create, edit and use FFmpeg presets and profiles with full format support. The program also offers an array of tools for audio and video conversion. And it offers a frontend to download video and audio from YouTube and other sites.

      • 5 more reasons to run Kubernetes in your Linux homelab

        In 5 reasons to run Kubernetes on your Raspberry Pi homelab, I explain why you might want to use Kubernetes at home. Those reasons are relatively arbitrary, and they mostly focus on outcomes. Aside from what Kubernetes can do, there are several other good reasons to look at Kubernetes as an important next step in your personal computing experience.

        Kubernetes might seem out of reach at first. It’s new, a little scary, and worst yet, it apparently requires a cloud. However, there are a few ways to get started.

        First, install either Minikube or Minishift. Both of these allow you to run a local instance of Kubernetes on your personal computer. It’s not quite as satisfying as building a cluster and opening it up to your friends, but it’s a great, safe way to get familiar with the landscape, commands, and toolkit.

      • DevSecOps: An open source story

        Recent supply chain breaches, plus President Biden’s new Cybersecurity executive order, are bringing renewed attention to DevSecOps’ value for the enterprise. DevSecOps brings culture changes, frameworks, and tools into open source software (OSS). To understand DevSecOps, you must understand its relationship with OSS.

        In its purest form, DevOps (which is an amalgamation of development and operations) is a methodology for breaking down the traditional silos between programmers and system administrators during the software delivery lifecycle. Corporations and government agencies adopt DevOps for various reasons, including improving software delivery velocity to serve customers better.

      • Productivity Software/LibreOffice/Calligra

        • LibreOffice 7.2 Beta1 is available for testing

          The LibreOffice Quality Assurance ( QA ) Team is happy to announce LibreOffice 7.2 Beta1 is available for testing!

          LibreOffice 7.2 will be released as final in mid August, 2021 ( Check the Release Plan for more information ) being LibreOffice 7.2 Beta1 the second pre-release since the development of version 7.2 started at the end of November, 2020. Since the previous release, LibreOffice 7.2 Alpha1, 1163 commits have been submitted to the code repository and 221 issues got fixed. Check the release notes to find the new features included in this version of LibreOffice.

          LibreOffice 7.2 Beta1 can be downloaded from here for Linux, MacOS and Windows, and it can be installed alongside the standard version.

        • LibreOffice 7.2 Beta Arrives With Initial Command Pop-Up HUD, Better Performance

          Following last month’s LibreOffice 7.2 Alpha, the first beta for this open-source office suite update is now available for testing.

          LibreOffice 7.2 has been working on introducing a command pop-up / heads-up display, initial GTK4 toolkit support, the ability to compile to WebAssembly, font caching for faster rendering, Calc spreadsheet performance improvements, the usual assortment of import/filter export work, and dropping its OpenGL-based drawing code in favor of routing all the code through Skia.

        • Caolán McNamara: GTK4 Port: DoubleDecker Notebooks

          Double-decker mode, for notebooks with excessive numbers of tabs, works again in the GTK4 Port.

      • Programming/Development

        • Automated Website Testing with Selenium

          Today’s blog article is a more unusual one. If you know me in person you would not connect me to web development, but yet here we are. So, how do I got here? One student at my university has asked me if I could help and have a look on their code. He was working on unit tests with Selenium on a very beginner friendly level. This is how I got more interested in this topic.

        • Bag of Freebies for XR Hand Tracking: Machine Learning & OpenXR

          In our previous post, we presented a project backed by INVEST-AI which introduces a multi-stage neural network-based solution that accurately locates and tracks the hands despite complex background noise and occlusion between hands. Now let’s dive into the machine learning details of our innovative, open source hand-tracking pipeline.

          Hand pose estimation using a video stream lays the foundation for efficient human-computer interaction on a head-mounted Augmented Reality (AR) device. See for example the Valve Index, Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap One. There has been significant progress recently in this field due to advances in deep learning algorithms and the proliferation of inexpensive consumer-grade cameras.

          Despite these advances, it remains a challenge to obtain precise and robust hand pose estimation due to complex pose variations, significant variability in global orientation, self-similarity between fingers, and severe self-occlusion. The time required to estimate the hand pose is another big challenge for XR applications, since real-time responses are needed for reliable applications.

          Taking into account the above motivation and challenges, we have implemented a lightweight and top-down pose estimation technique that is suitable for the performance-constrained XR sector. As a result, our methods can be integrated into frameworks such as Monado XR, a free, open-source XR platform that offers fundamental building blocks for different XR devices and platforms.

        • Get Started with Android application development using Linux and Android SDK

          Developers interested in the Android mobile operating system are able to use the Android SDK and various IDE software to code applications. These apps can then be made available and marketed to Android users around the world.

          There are a lot of choices when it comes to programming Android applications. Your coding environment can involve a Linux system and a variety of different IDE programs to facilitate all of the software development. The trouble here is that each Linux distribution will often have a different set of requirements to run the sofware, and a separate list of steps that need to be followed.

          In this guide, we’ll go through the step by step instructions to install Android Studio – which is one of the most popular Android IDEs – on a Linux system. This will work on any distribution because we’ll be using Snap package manager to manage the installation. Love it or hate it, the Snap package manager gets your system ready for Android development very quickly, by handling all the dependencies and working identically on any distribution you’re running, whether it be Ubuntu, Debian, Red Hat, CentOS, AlmaLinux, openSUSE, or any other type of Linux system.

        • Perl/Raku

          • Did you know that …

            Raku is full of surprises. Sometimes I read something what that me like “oh, really?”. Sometimes I realize than a fact evident for me is not so obvious for others.
            Here is one of the kind.

        • Rust

          • Programming languages: Rust in the Linux kernel just got a big boost from Google | ZDNet

            The recently announced proposal to make the Rust programming language one of two main languages for the Linux kernel is getting a major boost thanks to Google and the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG), the group behind the Let’s Encrypt certificate authority.

            The main goal of the push to bring Rust to Linux is to wipe out an entire class of memory-related security bugs in the kernel, which is a key part of the internet’s infrastructure, running on everything from servers to edge devices and smartphones.

          • Announcing Rust 1.53.0

            The Rust team is happy to announce a new version of Rust, 1.53.0. Rust is a programming language that is empowering everyone to build reliable and efficient software.

  • Leftovers

    • Maya Resilience
    • Take Pride in Desire

      The award-winning documentary Disclosure: Trans Lives on Screen looks at history through the lens of how movies and television have represented trans lives.

      News to me was just how early trans characters featured on screen. A year before the infamous Birth of a Nation, for example, D.W. Griffiths made Judith of Bethulia, whose cast included a shady/comic “eunuch” wearing dresses and black face.

    • Health/Nutrition

      • The Promise and Hubris of Silicon Valley’s Vision of How We Eat

        Silicon Valley has changed the way we eat. Delivery apps like Postmates and DoorDash, now a central part of our culinary culture, originated in the Bay Area. But the Valley isn’t done changing our habits yet, and the new wave of change has a more radical ambition. In her debut book, Technically Food: Inside Silicon Valley’s Mission to Change What We Eat, journalist Larissa Zimberoff considers the many answers to a single question: What do we gain—and what do we lose—by embracing a future of lab-made food?1

      • Only Aggressive Environmental Measures Can Prevent Another Imminent Water Crisis in Brazil

        This year, Brazil recorded its lowest rainfall in the past 91 years, which has left most the country’s water reservoirs depleted. In fact, its largest reservoir subsystem, located in the Midwest and Southeast regions, is only 33% full compared to an average water volume of about 64% at this time of the year. To make matters worse, this subsystem is also responsible for 70% of the electric power generation capability for the area.

        In light of this situation specialists now predict an impeding collapse of the Brazilian power grid. Without full reservoirs the hydroelectric plants will not be able to produce energy. Additionally, millions of Brazilians living in highly dense urban settings in the Southeast may lose access to water as well. In part because water consumption in those areas is 70% higher than for those living in similar urban settings in the North.

      • #OurMothersToo: Reckoning With My Abuela’s Coerced Sterilization

        For as far back as my memory reaches, my grandmother, Obdulia Perez, had paper-thin skin with satiny wrinkles etched deep. She enjoyed bingo, cooking for her family and neighbors, writing poems in longhand, and reading the Bible. Despite a formal education that ended in second grade, she encouraged many of her progeny—myself included—to pursue education.

      • Covid-19 Stopped Progress on the Drug Epidemic in Its Tracks

        Last March, when the coronavirus pandemic was still in its infancy in the United States, the opioid epidemic was already mature and ravaging the country. Even prior to the pandemic, addiction treatment and harm reduction services were difficult to access for many people attempting to stave off overdose or blood-borne infections like HIV. With stay-at-home orders looming, it became clear that thousands of people struggling with addiction were going to be cut off from vital services and lifesaving medications.

      • Progressive International Convenes Global Summit to Achieve Vaccines for All

        To challenge Covid-19 “vaccine apartheid” and an “artificially delayed” end of the global pandemic, Progressive International is convening a global summit this week to help make doses available to everyone on the planet.

        “We have the capacity to vaccinate the world,” Progressive International asserts in promotional materials for the Summit for Vaccine Internationalism, which kicks off Friday. “But a coalition of pharmaceutical corporations, billionaire philanthropists, and Global North governments stands in the way.”

      • The G7′s Subservience to Big Pharma in Face of a Deadly Global Pandemic Is Shameful

        Last week, the presidents and prime ministers of the Group of Seven (G7) – featuring the UK’s Boris Johnson and Canada’s Justin Trudeau – gathered in Cornwall with a mandate to develop a plan for ending the Covid-19 pandemic that has cost at least 4 million lives and counting.

      • To Pave the Way for Medicare for All, We Need to Overcome “Citizens United”
      • After SCOTUS Upholds ACA, Progressives Set Sights on Medicare for All

        As Americans who have accessed health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday after a 7-2 U.S. Supreme Court ruling upheld the law for a third time, progressive politicians and campaigners set their sights on a more ambitious goal: Medicare for All.

        “We must join other major countries in guaranteeing healthcare for all and pass Medicare for All.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders

      • Gardeners, Take Heed: It’s a ‘Tick-y Year’

        That means there is no substitute for vigilance, especially in “a tick-y year,” as Richard S. Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, in Millbrook, N.Y., described 2021. And especially now, as populations of nymphal blacklegged ticks — Ixodes scapularis, often referred to as deer ticks — are peaking in the Northeast.

        It’s an occupational hazard: While conducting fieldwork, tick researchers like Dr. Ostfeld cannot avail themselves of repellents or treated clothing — two powerful prevention tactics, along with diligent tick checks, of clothing, skin and scalp. But they urge us to use all three strategies, as they do in their own gardens.

      • Drug money

        Drug money In 2011, the Russian government launched a multibillion-dollar gambit to strengthen the country’s pharmaceutical industry. Ten years later, it’s led to a wave of arrests — and not much else.

        In mid-March, Moscow’s Basmanny District Court arrested International Olympic Committee Executive Board member Alexey Vlasenko based on testimony from two previously detained businessmen. Two months later, the same court arrested Russian Industry and Trade Ministry deputy head Olga Pokidisheva and former head Olga Kolotilova on suspicion of fraud. The common thread between these people is Pharma 2020, a federal targeted program designed to import new medical technology into Russia that has brought just four medications to market, so far. Meduza special correspondents Svetlana Reiter and Ivan Golunov explain what happened when the Russian government decided to play venture capitalist.

      • Device Makers Have Funneled Billions to Orthopedic Surgeons Who Use Their Products
    • Integrity/Availability

      • Proprietary

        • For hacked companies, paying a ransom may not work: Many say they paid but were attacked again
        • Microsoft no longer offers Windows 7 drivers via Windows Update
        • 50,000 security disasters waiting to happen: The problem of America’s water supplies

          The [cracker] had the username and password for a former employee’s TeamViewer account, a popular program that lets users remotely control their computers, according to a private report compiled by the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in February and seen by NBC News.

          After logging in, the [cracker], whose name and motive are unknown and who hasn’t been identified by law enforcement, deleted programs that the water plant used to treat drinking water.

        • Police Bust Major Ransomware Gang Cl0p [iophk: Windows TCO]

          In the last few months Cl0p hit dozens of victims, encrypting their files and demanding a ransom. More recently, the hackers were trying to extort their victims by threatening to leak their files publicly on their dark web site, which displays 57 companies as of Wednesday.

          These victims include: oil giant Shell, security company Qualys, U.S. bank Flagstar, the controversial global law firm Jones Day, Stanford University, and University of California, among several others. The hackers were able to hack some of these victims by taking advantage of a flaw in Accellion File Transfer Appliance (FTA), a file-sharing service used by around 300 companies all over the world, according to Accellion.

        • Proofpoint identifies malware targeting government institutions

          Cybersecurity company Proofpoint has identified a malware called LastConn which has targeted government institutions in the Middle East and global government organisations associated with geopolitics in the region.

        • Christian Eriksen to get an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator unit

          According to a new Facebook update by the Danish national team, Christian Eriksen will be getting an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) following his cardiac arrest against Finland on Saturday.

          National team doctor Morten Boesen confirmed the decision following talks with the cardiac specialist at city hospital Rigshospitalet, where Eriksen is still undergoing tests.

        • To stop the ransomware pandemic, start with the basics [iophk: Windows TCO]

          Trillions of dollars are at stake. Most people have a vague sense of narrowly avoided fiascos: from the Sony Pictures attack that roiled Hollywood in 2014, to Equifax in 2017, when the details of 147m people were stolen. The big hacks are a familiar but confusing blur: remember SoBig, or SolarWinds, or WannaCry?

          A forthcoming study from London Business School (LBS) captures the trends by examining comments made to investors by 12,000 listed firms in 85 countries over two decades. Cyber-risk has more than quadrupled since 2002 and tripled since 2013. The pattern of activity has become more global and has affected a broader range of industries. Workers logging in from home during the pandemic have almost certainly added to the risks. The number of affected firms is at a record high.

        • Security

          • OpenSSL 3.0 Release Candidate

            The OpenSSL Management Committee (OMC) and the OpenSSL Technical Committee (OTC) are glad to announce our first beta release of OpenSSL 3.0. We consider this to be a release candidate and as such encourage all OpenSSL users to build and test against this beta release and provide feedback.

            A lot of work has been going on over the last few months getting OpenSSL 3.0 ready for its final release. In fact the whole OpenSSL 3.0 development effort has been huge with many different contributions from our user base. Since we started this effort we have seen over 7000 commits to the 3.0 development branch from over 300 different authors. Thanks to everyone who has played a part in getting us to this point.

            We are now nearing the finishing line and we are excited about the many new features and changes that OpenSSL 3.0 will bring.

          • OpenSSL 3.0 Release Candidate Arrives With Big Changes

            The OpenSSL project today shipped their OpenSSL 3.0 Beta, which is their equivalent to a release candidate ahead of the planned official 3.0.0 release next quarter.

            OpenSSL 3.0 has been in the works for a while as a major redesign to this widely-used critical open-source security component and is now more extensible and provides a number of new features over the current stable 1.1 series. Also another fundamental change is OpenSSL 3.0 is now licensed under the Apache 2.0 license.

          • Privacy/Surveillance

            • Canadian Privacy Commissioner Says RCMP Broke The Law By Doing Business With Clearview

              Since its unceremonious exposure by the New York Times, internet-scraping facial recognition tech company Clearview has been the subject of nothing but negative press, lawsuits, and law enforcement denials of its self-proclaimed crime fighting abilities. Apparently to the surprise of Clearview, few people were receptive to the idea of having their personal info scraped from the web by the company and served up to law enforcement officers, private companies security personnel, and any billionaire wondering about what to throw their money at.

            • DHS still evades review of no-fly orders

              Two recent court cases, and follow-up articles and interviews with the plaintiffs and their lawyers, show how the highest priority for the U.S. government with respect to no-fly orders continues to be preventing judicial review of these government decisions, not preventing terrorism.

              When an airline requests permission to allow an individual to board a flight, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) declines to give permission, that “Boarding Pass Printing Result” (BPPR) message is communicated only to the airline,  not the would-be traveler. Even the airline is not told the basis, if any, for the negative BPPR message. (The default is “No”, in the absence of affirmative, individualized government permission-to-board.)

              Again and again and again, when people have challenged these no-fly orders in U.S. courts, the government has chosen not to disclose or defend the basis for its decisions that these people constitute a threat to aviation sufficient to justify restricting their right to travel.

            • President discusses biometric data act with EKRE leader

              The president wrote on her social media account Wednesday evening that: “Yesterday, after lengthy disputes, the Riigikogu passed the personal database systems establishment act. This evening, I met with Martin Helme, EKRE chair, to discuss the main concerns of the party that opposed the law, in relation to the unpublished act, the most.”

              The law, which passed Tuesday, has met criticism for its consolidating of personal data, including biometric data, into a single database.

            • Confidentiality

              • Emails from 2016 Show Amazon Ring’s Hold on the LAPD Through Camera Giveaways

                Ring offered nearly $3,000 worth of camera equipment to the LAPD in 2016, to aid in an investigation.

                A few months later, in July 2016, Ring was working with an LAPD officer to distribute a discount code that would allow officers to purchase Ring cameras for $50 off. As a growing number of people used his discount code, Ring offered the officer more and more free equipment.

                Officers were offered rewards based on how many people had used their personal coupon codes to order products.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • Biden and Putin Agree to Begin Work on Arms Control & Cybersecurity in Effort to Avoid New Cold War

        U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin met in Geneva Wednesday for a three-hour summit and agreed to set up working groups to deal with nuclear arms control, as well as cyberattacks. The sides also agreed to send ambassadors back to their posts, restoring “normal diplomatic relations of a kind which exist between most countries on the face of the Earth,” says Anatol Lieven, senior fellow for Russia and Europe at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft. “A more cooperative atmosphere has been established so that the U.S.A. and Russia can work together.” He also discusses ongoing tensions over NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe, American hypocrisy about its actions in other countries and how China’s rise impacts the U.S.-Russian relationship.

      • It’s 2021. Why Are Only Men Required to Register for the Draft?

        When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, President Jimmy Carter took steps to prepare the nation for armed conflict. He reinstated the requirement, then lapsed, that young men register for the draft—and called on Congress to update the law to allow everyone to register, regardless of gender. Congress didn’t heed the call, and last week the Supreme Court announced that it would not take up the issue either.

      • Tucker Carlson, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz Suggest FBI Attacked Capitol
      • To Address Gender-Based Violence, First Defund the Prosecutors
      • Accusations of ‘Human Shields’ Have Become an Excuse for War Crimes

        From photos of dead Palestinian children on the front page of The New York Times to gripping accounts of people digging through the wreckage of high-rise apartment complexes and office buildings, evidence of last month’s horrific death toll from Israel’s eleven-day bombing campaign was hard to deny.

      • House Passes Historic Bill Ending Military Authorization in Iraq
      • ‘Long Overdue’: House Passes Barbara Lee’s 2002 AUMF Repeal

        Progressive Democrats issued fresh calls to end “forever wars” after the House on Thursday passed legislation to repeal the 2002 war authorization for Iraq.

        Rep. Barbara Lee’s (D-Calif.) H.R. 256 easily passed in a 268-161 vote. Rep. Elaine Luria of Virginia was the sole Democrat to vote against the bill. 

      • Sanders Speaks Out Against ‘Dangerous’ Chorus Pushing for New Cold War With China

        Following President Joe Biden’s attempt to use the 47th G7 summit last week as a tool for building an anti-China consensus, Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday published an article in Foreign Affairs imploring U.S. leaders: “Don’t start another Cold War.”

        “A fast-growing consensus is emerging in Washington that views the U.S.-Chinese relationship as a zero-sum economic and military struggle.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders

      • History at 30,000 Feet: Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Bomber Mafia”

        Gladwell’s argument is as simple as it is frustrating. He posits that during the war the US bomber command faced a choice between precision bombing and mass terror bombing. To dramatize this conflict, he narrows his gaze exclusively to General Haywood Hansell and his peers (the so-called “Bomber Mafia”), who advocated for precision, and Curtis Le May, who supported mass bombing. LeMay replaced Hansell and oversaw a firebombing campaign that incinerated vast areas of urban Japan in order to break the morale of the Japanese and force them to surrender. Even the “hard choice” to purposefully kill civilians was supposedly for the best, as it shortened the war and “brought everyone—Americans and Japanese—back to peace and prosperity as quickly as possible.” Gladwell’s book is a history written from 30,000 feet, and miles away from the violence. He is fascinated by US airmen and their quest to improve the technology of bombing in order to win the war through unconventional thinking and determination. What happened to the victims of the “longest night of World War II,” is of little concern for Gladwell.

        Gladwell’s book is a myth that American have told themselves about a complex and deeply problematic history. Even long time soldiers often questioned the value of wartime tactics or war itself. As Lieutenant General Sasaki Tōichi, who commanded a regiment in Nanjing during the massacre, wrote in his diary, “What are we fighting for? What’s the point? Can anyone ever really win a war?” Myth-makers rarely engage in serious interrogation of the assumptions behind convenient stories. Gladwell’s book recycles an argument as old as air power itself, stating that, by killing vulnerable people, we can end a conflict quickly. In effect, however, we are not saving lives overall, but our own lives. In any case, by listening to the targets of the Allied air war, we can see that this assertion is not straightforward and, in the end, may be immoral. But ignoring the civilian impacts is not a problem unique to Gladwell’s book, as it affects the historians we all read on the history of WWII.

      • Battle of the Psyche: IDF Personnel Suicides

        Saidyan had physical injuries and PTSD from frontline combat in Gaza during Israel’s Operation Protective Edge (sic) in Gaza in 2014. Seven of his colleague had died within several hours of fighting. He had since been engaging in trench warfare against the relevant authorities for four years over appropriate acknowledgement, assistance and compensation. His pleas were met with bureaucratic impenetrability involving brutal denial, humiliation and indifference.

        Following Saidyan’s hospitalization, a JPost editorial disclosed: “An emergency hotline received a 300% increase in calls” in several days. Efrat Shaprut, director of Natal (Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center), noted: “Regrettably, we have seen a sharp rise in applications from released soldiers who are dealing with post-trauma due to their military service. Most of the contact comes from veterans of Operation Protective Edge”.

      • Few Cops We Found Using Force on George Floyd Protesters Are Known to Have Faced Discipline

        Last summer, ProPublica compiled 68 videos that appeared to show police officers using disproportionate force against protesters during the nationwide events following George Floyd’s death in police custody.

        We had culled the videos from hundreds circulating on social media in the wake of the protests and highlighted the cases that seemed to clearly show officers using disproportionate force. We then reached out to dozens of law enforcement agencies whose officers are in the videos and asked some straightforward questions: Have the officers’ police departments investigated the incidents? And what consequences, if any, have the officers in the videos faced?

    • Environment

      • NASA, NOAA New Satellite Datasets Show Earth’s Doubled Heat Is Like Dropping Four Hiroshima Atomic Bombs Every Second!

        This is currently alarming since the involved researchers in the new study claimed that Earth is now twice hotter compared to the previous years. They confirmed that the rising temperature started in 2005.

        NASA added that during the past 15 years, the planet’s incoming solar radiation trapped on the surface and in the oceans has doubled.

        The findings of NOAA and NASA were published in the Geophysical Research Letters journal on June 15. To give you more idea, here’s how NASA and NOAA discovered the rising temperature issue.

      • UK’s ‘really shocking’ climate record is damned

        Britain, host of November’s UN talks, COP-26, is pilloried by its own advisers for the UK’s “really shocking” climate record.

      • Energy

        • Indigenous Women Invite Deb Haaland to See Devastation of Line 3 for Herself

          A group of Indigenous women opposed to the Line 3 pipeline on Thursday invited Interior Secretary Deb Haaland—the first Native American woman to hold her Cabinet position and a professed critic of fossil fuel infrastructure on public and tribal lands—to visit northern Minnesota and “learn more about the impacts” of the tar sands project first-hand.

          “We would be honored to host you in our territories and share further about our treaty rights, the violation of free, prior, and informed consent now occurring, the importance of wild rice to our communities, and the impacts of Line 3.”—Letter to Interior Secretary Haaland

        • Insurance Giants Under Fire from First Nations for Backing Trans Mountain Tar Sands Pipeline

          Indigenous peoples in Canada and a coalition of environmental groups launched a “Global Week of Action” for June 14-21, aimed at pressuring an array of insurance companies to cut ties with a long-distance tar sands pipeline under construction in Canada.

          On Wednesday, the Braided Warriors, an Indigenous youth group in British Columbia, held a rally in front of Chubb Insurance Canada in Vancouver, B.C. On Friday, activists in London are set to protest outside Lloyd’s of London — one of the world’s largest insurers of fossil fuels. Other acts of solidarity are planned as far away as the Pacific Islands and Sierra Leone.

        • Progressive Warnings Grow as Big Oil-Backed Republicans Endorse Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework

          Support for a bipartisan infrastructure framework that calls for just $579 billion in new spending grew on Wednesday as a group of 20 Democratic and Republican senators endorsed the yet-to-be-finalized proposal, leading progressives to reiterate that any package without adequate climate action is doomed to fail in the House and Senate.

          “It’s time to go big, bold, and fast. No more negotiations that go nowhere.”—Rep. Pramila Jayapal

      • Wildlife/Nature

        • Coelacanths live for as long as people

          This find, called Latimeria chalumnae in Courtenay-Latimer’s honour, showed coelacanths are still very much alive. It was hailed as the most important zoological discovery of the century. Now, work just published in Current Biology by Kélig Mahé of the Fisheries Laboratory, in Boulogne, France, suggests that besides having lasted collectively for more than 400m years, coelacanths also hang around for a long time as individuals. Dr Mahé’s study indicates they have similar lifespans to human beings, putting them among the world’s longest-lived vertebrates.

          The excitement at Latimeria’s discovery was not just because of the curiosity of its survival. It was also that coelacanths belong to a group which have lobe-shaped fins of a sort thought to have been precursors to the limbs of terrestrial tetrapods. Many experts have therefore sought to study Latimeria more closely. That is, however, hard. Latimeria is reclusive, nocturnal, lives in depths below 100 metres, and is known only from the south-western Indian Ocean and from a second, smaller population, L. menadoensis, near Manado Tua, an island in Indonesia.

      • Overpopulation

        • Species Spotlight: The Buffy-Headed Marmoset Is Menaced on Multiple Fronts
        • The shocking numbers behind the Lake Mead drought crisis

          “Even without climate change, we would have a problem because we’re taking more water out than the river could provide,” John Fleck, director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico, told CNN. “But climate change has made the problem much worse by substantially reducing the flow in the river.”


          Experts say it may never be full again. Lake Mead is now at 36 percent capacity — a number that will continue to fall as the reservoir’s rapid decline continues to outpace projections from just a few months earlier. Water levels are projected to drop another 20 feet by 2022.

    • Finance

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • Did Trump Just Concede? Former President Says “We Didn’t Win” on Fox News
      • House Transportation Committee Looking To Restart Federal Funding Of Red Light Cameras

        Federal funds — banned since 2015 from being used by states to purchase red light/speed cameras — are possibly headed back to buying tech that hasn’t done anything to make driving safer.

      • Heated NYC Mayoral Primary Race Enters Final Days; City Uses Ranked-Choice Voting for First Time

        Early voting is underway in a historic New York City Democratic primary election for mayor, 35 City Council seats and several other key races. For the first time in almost a century, New Yorkers will use ranked-choice voting, which allows them to choose up to five candidates in order of preference in each race. In the mayor’s race, Brooklyn borough president and former New York police officer Eric Adams has led recent polls, while businessman Andrew Yang seems to be falling behind. Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have already cast their votes ahead of the June 22 Democratic primary, with the general election set for November 2. Journalist Ross Barkan says despite New York City’s reputation as a progressive stronghold, the Democratic primary for mayor reflects “an incredible amount of diversity” within the Democratic coalition. “You have a real competition of ideas,” he says.

      • The Democrats Are Failing Dreamers, Failing Immigrants

        Just over 640,000 Americans currently enjoy protection under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These people, colloquially known as “Dreamers,” were brought to this country while they were still very young and were never able to get a documented immigration status. The DACA program allows them to stay—to go to college, work, apply for services, and start a family—without living under constant fear of deportation.

      • Young People Are Running for Office. Where Is Their Support?

        When AJ Harris, 31, ran for a seat in the Ohio House of Representatives last year, he thought he was doing everything right. He had spent years forming connections with community members and building name recognition in his district, and he had policies he cared about, with a story to back them up. But he was unprepared for what came next.

      • What Happens When Politicians Break Their Oath of Office?
      • Publicity and Exploitation: Fortress Australia and the Family from Biloela

        As with any system of harm and torture, the justifiers cite a hard form of kindness to prolong the depravity of their conduct.  The drivel of humanitarian falseness abounds: We need to prevent people from drowning.  We hate seeing children perish.  So, lock them up.  We do not want to see parents separated from their children.  So, separate them.  No Australian politician can ever be in a position to criticise any other country on this point, largely because they inspired the rash of demagogic policies that typify a shift away from the principles of the UN Refugee Convention.  (The Danish parliament recently approved legislation that will enable the bribing of third countries to prevent refugees and asylum seekers seeking settlement in Denmark.)

        The ways Australian governments of either conservative or Labor persuasion have pecked away and subserved international refugee guarantees are impressively thuggish.  Legally excising the mainland to make sure that boat arrivals could never be settled as refugees under the Migration Act was particularly devilish.  Then came the system of Pacific island concentration camps to ensure that applications for asylum could be kept in cold storage while deals with third countries could be brokered.

      • Do Americans Want to Be Lied To? Both Major Parties Seem to Think So

        Two recent controversies have revealed an unsettling reality about American education: the ruling members of both the nation’s major political parties do not want an informed citizenry. With the right wing riled up about critical race theory in schools and both sides of the political aisle in an uproar over Ilhan Omar’s comments on the United States and the International Criminal Court, it’s difficult to come to any conclusion other than American politicians do not believe Americans should hear difficult truths about their own country.

      • McConnell Makes Clear ‘All Republicans Will Oppose’ Manchin Voting Rights Compromise

        Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unequivocally declared Thursday that Republicans will support neither the original For the People Act nor a watered-down version offered by Sen. Joe Manchin, who has continued to insist that bipartisan compromise on voting rights is achievable despite mounting evidence to the contrary.

        “Republicans aren’t interested in passing laws that protect our right to vote, because they’re the ones actively attacking that right in 43+ states.”—Progress Arizona

      • If Dennis Kucinich Becomes the Mayor of Cleveland, It’ll Be a Shock to the System. Again.

        Cleveland has been spiraling downward. It’s one of the poorest cities in the country, beset by worsening violent crime, poverty and decaying infrastructure. Now, 42 years after the end of his first term as mayor, Dennis Kucinich is ready for his second.

      • Nina Turner Kicks Off “$27 Donation Challenge” After Clinton Endorses Opponent
      • What Republicans Mean When They Say ‘Stacey Abrams’

        How many times will West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin have to touch the stove before he learns it’s hot? Maybe Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell taught him that lesson on Thursday.

      • Pushing Consumers to Amazon Is Baked In to NYT’s Business Model

        The New York Times (6/15/21) recently published a lengthy investigative report about working conditions at Amazon‘s Staten Island, New York, warehouse. Among the major takeaways:

      • Led by Sanders, Senate Dems Weigh $6 Trillion Infrastructure Bill as Bipartisan Talks Fail on Climate

        With Senate Budget Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders leading the push for an ambitious package, Democrats in the upper chamber are reportedly considering a $6 trillion infrastructure bill as bipartisan negotiations continue to produce proposals that fall short of what experts say is needed to combat the climate emergency and rebuild the nation’s crumbling roads, bridges, and water systems.

        “The bottom line is there are a lot of needs facing this country. Now is the time to address those needs, and it has to be paid for in a progressive way, given the fact that we have massive income and wealth inequality in America.”—Sen. Bernie Sanders

      • Bill regulating Huawei tech postponed until autumn session

        The Electronic Communications Act, which includes the regulation on the use of Huawei technology, was supposed to enter into law in May but was postponed after an amendment from the chancellor of justice was added.

        The law bans the use of non-democratic equipment and software on the 5G network, in essence, technology made by Huawei.

      • Microsoft Plans Massive China Expansion in Asia-Wide Cloud Push

        Microsoft’s expansion in China is among the fastest for the company on the continent and in March it announced plans to expand its data center network with a greater presence in the northern region around Beijing. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant already has six data centers in the country, operated by local partner 21Vianet, and now seeks to capitalize on a global surge in demand for internet services during the pandemic.

      • FCC votes to advance proposed ban on Chinese telecom equipment

        The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously Thursday to explore a proposal that would ban U.S. companies from buying telecommunications equipment that poses national security risks.

        The proposal, which won initial approval among all commissioners, could also revoke prior authorizations for any equipment deemed a national security threat on the FCC’s “covered list,” including Huawei and ZTE.

      • Like other nations, India also evolving in terms of regulations to deal with social media: CII chief

        The newly-elected president of industry body CII TV Narendran on Thursday said like other countries, India is also evolving in terms of regulations to deal with issues concerning social media companies. These regulations are evolving, whether that is in the US, Europe, Asia, China, Singapore or India, he told reporters.

      • Senators unveil legislation to crack down on cyber criminals

        It would also expand the Justice Department’s ability to go after botnet groups by allowing injunctions against botnets involved in certain destructive cyberattacks, destruction of data or other issues that pose a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

        Further, the bill would ban the sale of access to a compromised computer if the buyer intends to use this access to create damage, and it cracks down on the sales of certain surveillance and spyware devices.

    • Misinformation/Disinformation

      • Foreign Disinformation Feeds US Domestic Terrorism, Official Warns

        As part of the new domestic terrorism strategy, officials have pledged to find ways to “counter the polarization often fueled by disinformation, misinformation and dangerous conspiracy theories online, supporting an information environment that fosters healthy democratic discourse,” according to a White House handout.

      • Fact-checkers say Twitter needs domain experts to weed out misinformation

        A day after the Uttar Pradesh Police filed an FIR against Twitter and seven others in connection with a viral video of an attack on an elderly person, a top official said the state police’s cybercrime department has been getting a lot of complaints against the microblogging platform.

        Since Twitter doesn’t provide the police with the required information, they are unable to crack cases linked to social media frauds, said Triveni Singh, superintendent of police, cyber crimes. “We don’t know who to talk to or speak to at Twitter when users complain,” he told ET on Thursday.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • In the war of 2034, China has won the first battle without firing a shot

        Chinese box office revenues are expected to reach $15.5 billion next year, eclipsing the U.S. box office total, which before the pandemic was approximately $11.4 billion, according to PEN America, an advocacy group for literary and artistic freedom.

        Consequently, the massive Chinese market is so keenly desired by U.S. media moguls that any hint Beijing might be offended is enough for producers to self-edit their scripts or scrap projects altogether.

        The word most often used to describe this obeisance to China is “kowtow,” which, unironically, comes from the historical Chinese custom of bowing down in worship or submission.

        “It’s not right,” says Stavridis. “China should not get a vote on whether or not we produce artistic content, let alone works of nonfiction, let alone drive our ships through the high seas in the South China Sea. We gotta be careful we don’t get canceled by China.”

    • Freedom of Information/Freedom of the Press

      • Detained American Journalist Appears in Myanmar Special Court

        Danny Fenster, who is the managing editor of the website Frontier Myanmar, appeared in a special court in Yangon’s Insein Prison where he is being held for allegedly violating section 505-A of the country’s penal code, Frontier Myanmar said in a statement.

        If he is found guilty, he could face up to three years in prison.

        Fenster is scheduled to have another hearing on July 1.

      • Hong Kong’s liberal media are under pressure

        Following the arrests, hundreds of police raided Apple Daily’s offices. They reportedly searched for journalistic materials, including laptops, notebooks and mobile phones. The government called it a “crime scene”: it says the newspaper’s assets have been frozen. This grim spectacle was little surprise. Apple Daily has long been in the sights of China’s ruling Communist Party. Its owner, Jimmy Lai, is rare among local tycoons for his outspoken criticism of the party. He was arrested last year for his involvement in a prolonged series of anti-government protests in 2019 and could face life in prison under the security law. Chinese state television has called Apple Daily “a platform for incitement” of troublemakers. Many of the newspaper’s staff believe it is a matter of time before it has to close.

      • ‘Dangerous Precedent’: US High Court Sides With Corporate Giants Nestle and Cargill in Child Slavery Case

        “This ruling has disturbing implications for future victims of human rights abuses seeking justice against businesses in U.S. courts. This ruling also sets a dangerous precedent, giving corporations impunity for profiting from human rights abuses.” —Marco Simons, EarthRights International

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Denmark to Refugees: Be My Guest, Just Not in My House

        The Danish ministers for ‘integration’ and international development, Mattias Tesfaye and Flemming Møller Mortensen, popped to Rwanda in April and signed a ‘memorandum of understanding’ with secret protocols just like in colonial days. Having already stripped Syrian refugees of their permissions to stay, their abdication of responsibility is clearly settled policy.

        Liberal, humane Denmark is planning to sweep its asylum seekers under Africa’s dusty carpet. Danish politicians see themselves as bravely blazing the trail the European Union should follow if it wants to prevent future FUBARs like the 2015/16 migration surge.

      • New Jersey Supreme Court Says Attorney General Can Publish The Names Of Cops Who Commit Serious Misconduct

        Last year — following the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin (and following the protests that followed this unconscionable killing) — New Jersey’s top cop said there would be more transparency and accountability in his state.

      • ‘There Is No Excuse’: Amnesty Slams Biden Over Skyrocketing ICE Detentions and 400,000+ Expulsions

        The Biden administration’s treatment of refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants “not only falls short of expectations but is in urgent need of course-correction”—particularly its growing reliance on mass detention and widespread denial of access to people requesting protection at the U.S. southern border—Amnesty International USA argues in a new report released Thursday.

        “President Joe Biden assumed office pledging a fair and humane immigration system, placing racial justice and human rights at the heart of his vision,” begins Amnesty’s report (pdf), Needs Improvement: A Progress Report on the Biden Administration’s Record on Making the United States a Safe Refuge. “His promised agenda was a stark contrast to that of former President Donald Trump’s administration, which used xenophobia to justify punitive and cruel policies that dismantled access to protection for many people.”

      • After Campaigning Against Death Penalty, Biden Admin Seeks Execution of Boston Marathon Bomber

        Capital punishment opponents called on President Joe Biden to take executive action to eliminate the use of the federal death penalty after his Justice Department said the penalty should be reinstated in the case of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. 

        Biden’s election last November offered relief to anti-death penalty campaigners amid the Trump administration’s “execution spree” in which the U.S. government put 10 people to death last year, but death penalty opponents now say the president’s failure to provide an official administration policy on the matter has left an opening for the DOJ to continue seeking capital punishment despite Biden’s stated opposition. 

      • ALEC’s Corporate Funders Are Complicit in State-Based Assaults on Voting Rights and Democracy

        After the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol, the CEOs of a number of corporations made the smart public relations move of distancing themselves from members of Congress who voted to decertify the Electoral College results that confirmed the defeat of Republican Donald Trump and the election of Democrat Joe Biden as the nation’s 46th president. Then, in April, when Georgia Republicans enacted voter suppression measures, many of those same CEOs very publicly objected to assaults on democracy in that state and others

      • After Eight Years And Three Reviews Of The Case, Indiana Supreme Court Rules Police Must Return Seized Car To Its Owner

        It’s now been eight years since Indiana law enforcement seized Tyson Timbs’ Land Rover following his arrest for distributing drugs. In eight years, this case has made multiple visits to the state trial court, the state court of appeals, the state’s Supreme Court, and the nation’s Supreme Court.

      • Montana Is Making It Harder for Transgender People to Amend Birth Certificates
      • MSNBC Declines to Voluntarily Recognize Newsroom Union Effort

        As current and former employees, media colleagues, and labor rights advocates on Thursday celebrated an announcement that MSNBC’s workers have decided to form a union, the cable news channel’s president made clear that leadership won’t voluntarily recognize the effort.

        “At a time when journalists and journalism itself are under siege, we want to join our peers who have paved the road before us in standing up for our rights.”—MSNBC bargaining unit

      • “Water is ours” citizens’ initiative moves to Parliament

        “The privatisation of water supply in the world has led to bad results, and bad results only,” Kohonen said. “Prices have risen, the level of service has suffered, and the environment has suffered. Health security, which is becoming increasingly important today, could be a problem if water supply were given to an operator who wants to make a profit from it.”

        Kohonen initially began the initiative after learning about the City of Jyväskylä’s plans to sell a minority stake in its water and energy company last year.

      • As Congress Approves Juneteenth Bill, Advocates Say ‘We Must Not Stop Here’

        As legislation to designate Juneteenth a federal holiday breezed through the U.S. Congress this week and was signed into law by President Joe Biden Thursday afternoon, racial justice advocates stressed the imperative for meaningful policies and actions to address systemic racism and inequality that go beyond what some called performative gestures.

        “Many of the senators who voted for Juneteenth to become a federal holiday regularly vote to impede civil rights for Black Americans.”—Dr. Tarika Barrett

      • Juneteenth Challenges A Narrative About America’s History

        Juneteenth is now a federal holiday. This week, the Senate and House voted in favor of commemorating the day that the last enslaved people in the U.S. found out they were free, and on Thursday afternoon, President Biden signed the bill into law.

        June 19 goes by a number of names — Black Independence Day, Texas Emancipation Day — but to many Black Americans, it represents freedom. A portmanteau of “June” and “nineteenth,” Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and the enslaved people living there learned of their freedom — more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. As such, the day tells a broader story of how emancipation was woefully delayed for Black people enslaved deep in the Confederacy.

    • Internet Policy/Net Neutrality

      • Changing Section 230 Won’t Make the Internet a Kinder, Gentler Place

        What lawmakers don’t notice is that a lot of the people posting that offensive junk get stopped, again and again, thanks to Section 230. During a March hearing in the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, lawmakers expressed concern over some of the worst content that’s online, including extremist content, falsehoods about COVID-19, and election disinformation.

        But it’s people spreading just this type of content that often file lawsuits trying to force their content back online. These unsuccessful lawsuits show that Section 230 has repeatedly stopped disinformation specialists from disseminating their harmful content.

        Section 230 stands for the simple idea that you’re responsible for your own speech online—not the speech of others. It also makes clear that online operators, from the biggest platforms to the smallest niche websites, have the right to curate the speech that appears on their site.

      • FCC Gives ISP $8,000 To Deliver Broadband Five Feet From Apple’s $5 Billion Campus

        We’ve noted repeatedly that there are two major reasons US broadband is slow, spotty, and expensive: regional monopolization (a lack of competition), and the state and federal regulatory capture (corruption) that protects it. On the latter front, there’s been an absolute army of telecom industry aligned folks, who, for decades, have relied on dodgy broadband availability maps and dubious data to not only pretend there’s no real problem that needs fixing, but also to slather companies with subsidies without ensuring that money actually goes toward fixing the problem.

      • Congress Must Prioritize Connectivity in Underserved Areas Over Higher Speeds

        Jim Hagedorn, R-Minnesota, said at a hearing of the House Committee on Small Business’ subcommittee on Underserved, Agricultural, and Rural Business Development that the push to increase the download and upload speeds is less important right now than to “focus on those who have no connectivity.”

        Three bills currently before the House and introduced in March would significantly increase those broadband speeds and create new tiers of service. Under the proposed bills, the new definition of “served,” which was previously categorized as areas with access to speeds of 25 Megabits per second (Mbps) download and 3 Mbps upload, would be updated to bump up the upload speed to 25 Mbps.

      • Joint Letter: the Islamic Republic of Iran Must Keep the Internet Open and Secure During Presidential Elections

        We, the undersigned organizations and members of the #KeepItOn coalition — a network that unites over 258 organizations from 106 countries that work to end internet shutdowns[1] globally — write to urgently appeal to you, the Supreme Leader of Iran and the President of Islamic Republic of Iran, to ensure that the [Internet], messaging apps, social media platforms, and all other communication channels are open, secure, and accessible throughout the presidential election period, scheduled for June 18 in the Islamic Republic of Iran, and thereafter.

      • Ohio Republicans close to imposing near-total ban on municipal broadband | Ars Technica

        Bill’s 10Mbps standard could make 98% of Ohio ineligible for municipal networks.

    • Monopolies

      • Break-Up Big Tech? Amazon, a Public Utility?: Keep Your Fingers Crossed

        She also noted that “America has a long tradition of breaking up companies when they have become too big and dominant — even if they are generally providing good service at a reasonable price.”  One of her proposals called to “unwind anti-competitive mergers,” including Amazon (Whole Foods, Zappos), Facebook (WhatsApp, Instagram) and Google (Waze, Nest, DoubleClick).

        Well, in early June, Republicans and Democrats signed on to a series of five bills that could significantly limit such big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google from using their control over multiple business lines to favor their own products or to suppress rivals. It would set up a mechanism by which a giant conglomerate could be broken up if it didn’t comply.

      • Recent Antitrust Push Is Weirdly Narrow, Pretends Telecom And Banking Don’t Exist

        As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a big new “antitrust” push afoot in DC. As you may have also noticed, many of these proposals don’t actually do a whole lot to reform US antitrust or monopoly problems in any broad way. Scholars for decades have warned that US antitrust enforcement has become feckless, and that we need to rethink how we approach antitrust in a world in which companies often seem to have more and more power over our lives.

      • Codified German injunction test divides industries [Ed: Tell me again how embargo helps innovation and creativity, Germany?]

        In-house sources from the automotive and telecoms industries disagree on how updates to patent injunctions will affect litigation

      • Counsel: job hoppers spark China trade secrets challenges [Ed: When you work for a company and work experience that you gained becomes like some sort of 'possession crime'; this is what happens when laws are written for and passed for the rich.]

        Trade secrets enforcement is always an uphill battle, but it’s becoming harder as workers increasingly move around

      • Patents

        • Austria’s voestalpine moves closer to green steel production [Ed: Greenwashing with help from the EPO]

          Austrian steel producer voestalpine says it has developed an industrial-scale process for carbon-neutral steel production without the use of fossil carbon, for which it has secured the intellectual property rights from the European Patent Office.

          The patent is valid in all major European steel manufacturing countries and specifically covers the production of sponge iron (DRI or HBI) using green hydrogen and biogas in the direct reduction process, the company said in a press release.

        • Communication with your Attorney [Ed: Tell me when attorneys actually learn how to use encryption (and actually start using it). For now, all that confidentiality and privilege talk is pure comedy and false promises.]

          This is not a patent case, but it is strange enough to need some thought. Sarah Vestal was an IRS employee. In 2018, the IRS planned to suspend her based upon “discourteous and unprofessional conduct.” In preparing her defense, Vestal sent the Record from a Taxpayer’s File to her private attorney. That record included private information that Vestal was not permitted to share outside the office. She was then fired as a consequence of sharing the information with her attorney. On appeal, the Federal Circuit has affirmed:

        • Guest Post by Prof. Contreras: Shepardizing Patents

          On Saturday, June 12, I did a little experiment to see what information I could find about patents that I knew to have been challenged. I first searched for U.S. Patent No. 7,446,338, issued in 2008 to Casio for a “Display Panel.” As expected, the official USPTO Patent Full-Text and Image Database provided me with the text of the patent document and a link to its PDF image. The USPTO’s new PatentsView interface gave me a bit more information, mostly about forward citations of the patent, including a spiffy world map locating the citations geographically. Google Patents indicates when a patent has expired or is scheduled to expire and displays a timeline of litigation involving the patent. The ’338 patent was subject to litigation in the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Clicking on these entries took me to a database run by Unified Patents, which lists docket entries in these matters and is accessible via a free sign-up. But to see the Complaint in one of the West Texas matters, Unified Patents redirected me to a database operated by MaxVal-IP, which, on the day I searched, gave me the dreaded error “404- File or directory not found.” I then moved on to PTAB action IPR2020-00320, filed on Dec. 18, 2019. The Unified docket showed the IPR as terminated following a Mar. 12, 2021 settlement between Apple and the patent owner (now a company called Solas OLED) and allowed me to access the Termination Order. But when I searched Lex Machina, the paid IP litigation analysis engine now owned by LexisNexis, I found that Samsung, one of the IPR plaintiffs, continued the IPR action after Apple settled, and that on June 6, the PTAB issued a Final Written Decision finding all challenged claims (1-3 and 5-13) to be unpatentable (the patent has a total of 22 claims).

        • Crossed wires: telecoms and tech counsel reveal licensing lows
          [Ed: Big Telecom as a patent extortion vector almost nobody speaks about. They want to get paid without actually doing anything, and cross-licensing means that small players are left out or simply shivering.]

          Four counsel in telecoms and software say deciding which tech to license and agreeing deals with different-sized firms are the biggest cross-licensing issues

        • Software Patents

      • Copyrights

The Self-Hosting Song

Posted in Humour, Servers at 3:19 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz


Summary: Cautionary tales about outsourcing one’s systems to companies that could not care less about anyone but themselves

NO need for hardware

“We put it in the clown”
It’s always just working
At least until it’s down

The service is astounding
A status page online
Maintenance windows announced
Based on their convenience, not mine

The clown is down tomorrow
Server upgrades urgent
Service restored later than expected
Except my crucial daemon and agent

“SuperService is FOSS!”Profits still a problem
For the clown provider, unlike you
Services discontinued
Your systems down the loo

SuperService is FOSS!
They say along with other dross
Then comes data loss
And they just don’t give a toss

IRC Proceedings: Thursday, June 17, 2021

Posted in IRC Logs at 2:55 am by Needs Sunlight

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[Meme] Swedish Justice

Posted in Europe, Law, Patents at 12:18 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

BoA/EBA/EBoA for justice for the almighty Office President

Summary: The EPO‘s patent tribunals have been mostly symbolic under the Benoît Battistelli and António Campinos regimes; giving them back their autonomy (and removing those who help Battistelli and Campinos attack their autonomy) is the only way to go now

Virtual Injustice — Part 10: Vapid and Superficial Coverage in the ‘IP’ Blogosphere

Posted in Deception, Europe, Marketing, Patents at 12:02 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Previously in the series:

  1. Virtual Injustice — Part 1: António’s Increasingly Wonky Legal Fudge Factory
  2. Virtual Injustice — Part 2: The ViCo Oral Proceedings of 28 May 2021
  3. Virtual Injustice — Part 3: All the President’s Men…
  4. Virtual Injustice — Part 4: Mihály Ficsor, the EPO’s Hungarian “Fixer”
  5. Virtual Injustice — Part 5: Benoît’s “Friends” in Budapest
  6. Virtual Injustice — Part 6: Best Buddies With António
  7. Virtual Injustice — Part 7: Musical Chairs and Revolving Doors
  8. Virtual Injustice — Part 8: A Well-Connected ‘IP’ Maximalist
  9. Virtual Injustice — Part 9: Heli, the EPO’s Nordic Ice-Queen

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Coverage of the oral proceedings of 28 May in the ‘IP’ blogosphere has been predominantly vapid and superficial but there has been one interesting exception.

Summary: The media has come under attack by Benoît Battistelli; during the term of António Campinos most of the media critical of the EPO has mostly vanished already; so one needs to look carefully at comments and social control media

A number of reports on the oral proceedings of 28 May 2021 have appeared in the ‘IP’ blogosphere, for example:

“BREAKING: Oral proceedings in G1/21 (ViCo) rescheduled due to procedural technicality” (Rose Hughes of IPKat);
“Enlarged Board postpones oral proceedings on compulsory video hearings” (Amy Sandys of JUVE Patent);
“EPO’s G1/21 videoconf hearing postponed” (Muireann Bolger of World IP Review);
“G1/21: Videoconferencing at the EPO – short observations of today’s oral proceedings before the Enlarged Board of Appeal” (Eva Ehlich & Angela Zumstein of Maiwald IP);
“G1/21 proceedings adjourned! What happened?” (Laura Fè of Murgitroyd Patent Attorneys).

G 1/21 – The RPEBA2015 - How to deal with the president’s comments and the amicus curiaeThe coverage so far has been predominantly vapid and superficial but one interesting exception is the following contribution from a former EPO Director, Daniel X. Thomas:

“G 1/21 – The RPEBA2015 – How to deal with the president’s comments and the amicus curiae”.

In his commentary, Thomas points out that it was the representative of the appellant who had to draw the attention of the Enlarged Board to Article 9 of its own rules of procedure.

“According to Thomas, it was “really flabbergasting” that the Enlarged Board sent the President’s comments to the parties just two days (!) before the oral proceedings.”This provides that – in addition to the right of the President to comment in writing or orally on questions of general interest – “the parties shall be entitled to submit their observations on the President’s comments”.

According to Thomas, it was “really flabbergasting” that the Enlarged Board sent the President’s comments to the parties just two days (!) before the oral proceedings.

He found it “even more flabbergasting” that the representative of the President [Mihály Ficsor] “was arguing and bickering” that because the President’s comments were published on the Internet, the appellant “had plenty of time to consult them and there was no need for postponement”.

The following comments from Thomas sum up the feelings of many observers:

One can wonder why in view of the clear legal situation it took the EBA so long to deliberate on the matter.

At this level of amateurism or precipitation one can wonder what can still happen.

He also refers to the numerous amicus curiae briefs and notes that the Enlarged Board’s rules of procedure have been drafted so as to permit it to ignore these submissions if it “thinks fit” to do so.

“But even if the ‘IP’ blogosphere has for the most part failed to get to grips with the serious issues at stake in the present case, this hasn’t stopped some juicy material from appearing in the comments posted underneath the articles themselves.”The commentary published by Thomas is probably the most perceptive and critical report on which has appeared to date. As such, it makes a refreshing contrast to the otherwise vacuous coverage of the hearing of 28 May.

But even if the ‘IP’ blogosphere has for the most part failed to get to grips with the serious issues at stake in the present case, this hasn’t stopped some juicy material from appearing in the comments posted underneath the articles themselves.

In the next part we will take a closer look at some of these comments.

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